June 19, 7.30pm – Brook Hall, North St, Emsworth PO10 7BY
June 21, 7.30pm – Weald & Downland Living Museum, Singleton PO18 0EU
The death of Emsworth’s oyster industry features heavily in a one-act play being brought to the town’s Brook Hall and Weald and Downland Living Museum at Singleton by four leading lights of the theatre world.
Written by Chichester-based Greg Mosse and Havant’s Lucy Flannery, their play, ‘Poisoned Beds’, features original live music by another celebrated Havant resident – John Gleadall. Through West Sussex actress Paula Tinker, the play is set in December, 1918, and is a captivating story of one woman’s preparation of a concert to celebrate both women’s suffrage and the end of the Great War. However, there’s a twist in this clever combination of comedy and sadness in that she can’t celebrate the future without reconciling herself to her tragic past – it’s not just the oyster beds that human folly has poisoned.
Lucy has worked with stars such as Alison Steadman and Roy Hudd while Greg’s plays – often based in local history (‘The Hawkhurst Gang’, ‘The Exchange’, Number 60 to The Somme’) regularly play to capacity audiences.
The 60 minute production will be followed after the interval by a revealing post-show discussion.
At the Weald and Downland Museum, the performance will coincide with the museum’s Midsummer late opening when visitors can explore the site and its houses from 6pm-9pm. Usual entry fees apply. Tickets for the Emsworth performance are £12.50 and available from www.wegottickets.com and at the museum they can be booked at: www.wealddown.co.uk for £10.