Yorkshire Scandals


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.

Produced by Re:Verse Theatre and Wildgoose Theatre, in association with Script Yorkshire.

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

© 2020 by Ben Prusiner