Friargate Theatre, York 2017
Co-Produced with Wildgoose Theatre
Re:Verse teamed up with Wildgoose Theatre and Script Yorkshire to present the classical one-act 'A Yorkshire Tragedy' alongside a freshly commissioned play based on modern day Yorkshire news stories, called 'The Taskers' Trials'.
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 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 wrote an original program note for our production).
Both plays were presented by the same cast, highlighting parallels between the financial and family struggles across time and class. Puppetry was used as a metaphor for the struggle for control over characters' lives and choices, and newspaper elements in the set and costumes highlighted the original, real-life inspiration of these tales.