A double-bill of York-based domestic dramas exploring class, control, and the importance of the news.
A Yorkshire Tragedy
Written by William Shakespeare or Thomas Middleton
directed by Ben Prusiner
A Jacobean domestic tragedy originally assigned to Shakespeare, but the cause of hot debate for centuries, A Yorkshire Tragedy is a verse re-telling of the true crime scandal of the murderous gambler Walter Calverley.
The Taskers’ Trials
Written by Bill Hodson, directed by Andy Love
Yorkshire family the Taskers, based on an amalgam of contemporary news stories, are struggling to keep their heads above water in the aftermath of a devastating accident. Joy-racing in an uninsured car, their eldest son runs over a young woman, leaving her in a coma. What can they do to keep their family from falling apart?
Both productions featured the same cast in visually striking presentations, with puppetry inspired by the classical Japanese style that delivers the stories to their haunting conclusions.
Featuring Mark France, Anna Rose James, Annabel Lee, Jai Rowley, Josh Dowden, Emily Thane, Claire Morley
Set by Maggie Smales
Costume by Jenny Anderton
Sound design by Paul Hepworth
Lighting design by David Harrison
Puppetry by Rachel Price
Puppets designed by Laura Elizabeth Rice
Fight direction by Neil Tattersall
Photos by Michael J Oakes