Yorkshire Scandals is an evening of two one-acts based on Yorkshire news stories: the rarely-produced classical play A Yorkshire Tragedy by William Shakespeare or Thomas Middleton, paired with a newly commissioned play by local Yorkshire playwright Bill Hodson, titled The Taskers' Trials. Help us bring this unique project to life!
A Yorkshire Tragedy was written in the early 1600s, based on a scandalous series of domestic murders by a family in social and financial crisis. The perpetrator was executed in York, a stone's throw away from the site of our production. The news story was crafted into a fast-moving piece of theatre that has been hailed as 'among the finest one-act plays in English' by eminent Shakespearean scholar Stanley Wells (who is writing an original programme note for our production)!
The second half of the evening will be the world premiere of The Taskers' Trials by local Yorkshire writer Bill Hodson. The play weaves together several modern-day news stories and is at turns dramatic and comedic. Members of the company will work together with Bill to develop the script through rehearsals from early draft to polished premiere.
A Yorkshire Tragedy will be directed by Ben Prusiner, whose company Re:Verse Theatre is dedicated to performing classical plays with a special social relevance to today. The Taskers' Trials will be directed by Andy Love, artistic director of Wildgoose Theatre, which presents plays never before seen in York. He also develops new playwrights as the head of the York branch of Script Yorkshire, an organization devoted to developing new play writing. The projects will feature the same cast and design team to draw parallels and contrasts between the two stories, and look at the news and human actions across the centuries.
A scene from Re:Verse Theatre's last production in York, Volpone, or Out-Foxed!
We've got the scripts, the talent, and the passion, and we need your help to make the project a reality! Here's what your donation will bring to life:
£10 - the 'absentee ticket' - If you can't attend the production (or even if you can!), this is the perfect way to support the show
£20 - prints scripts for one of the productions
£50 - sponsors a costume item to create the unique aesthetic of 'news story come to life'
£100 - builds a unique puppet, based on the classical Japanese style, to tell the story in a way that is both haunting and highlights the themes of control - who is the real puppet master in the plot?
£250 - gives us one of the unique set pieces to present the story in a cutting-edge theatrical style
£500 - pays for several days of theatre rental in a beautiful black-box space
Once we stage this first presentation in York, we'll be able to apply for additional funding and book a fully-funded Yorkshire tour next year. Be a part of making original and socially engaged art!