Harrogate Theatre Takes Edith In The Dark To Edinburgh Fringe

Harrogate Theatre in association with Reform Theatre will take co-production Edith In The Dark to the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Fringe First Award-winner, River City and Emmerdale writer Philip Meeks (Kiss Me Honey, Honey, Edinburgh Fringe and Scottish tour) is set to the return to Edinburgh this August with the deliciously sinister play Edith in the Dark which looks at the darker side of the much-loved celebrated children’s author Edith Nesbit.

Edith Nesbit retreats to her attic writing room to escape her husband’s annual Christmas party. Planning to seduce an uninvited guest, she ends up reading her extraordinary Tales of Terror to the young man, and her housekeeper. But all is not what it seems...

Featuring monstrous tales of lost love and bitter revenge, Nesbit’s spine-tingling ghost stories come to life in this thrilling new drama by acclaimed playwright Philip Meeks.

Meeks said “I'm delighted to be back in Edinburgh this year for my fourth consecutive season. It’s especially great to be working with the brilliant Harrogate Theatre and at a brand new venue. I'm especially proud of this production and I love the fact that it’s arriving in Edinburgh having been tried and tested to great acclaim. It’s always scary trying out new work at the Fringe. It will be a great joy to arrive with a show we love and know has already thrilled audiences elsewhere."

Think E. Nesbit and no doubt The Railway Children or Five Children And It immediately spring to mind. Yet, despite her renown as an author of children’s stories, Edith Nesbit was also a mistress of Victorian Gothic horror, penning chilling stories of the paranormal with a genteel elegance that underlies their flesh-creeping nature. First published in magazines in the 1880s, then collated in 1893 anthology Grim Tales, they have since, for the most, been forgotten...until now.

Meeks weaves Nesbit’s own life drama alongside her resolutely domestic terror shorts, imbuing her refined words with a little of her own inner darkness and humour. Meeks recently bagged a Fringe First Award for his play Kiss Me Honey, Honey and was responsible for some of Emmerdale’s most heart-thumping moments.

For tickets see https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/edith-in-the-dark