Roy Byrom’s new version of this classic fairy tale delightfully embraces all the key elements of the genre, from song and dance and set pieces to verbal comedy and slapstick in a subtle segue from tradition to originality. A highly entertaining theatrical experience is guaranteed by the carefully crafted script featuring all the audience’s favourites, from the eponymous anthropomorphic protagonist famously outwitting a shape-shifting ogre to the colourful array of characters driven mercilessly by the inevitable progression of the plot line to a happy end. This acting edition contains the complete script and full stage directions and is typeset in a practical and easy-to-read format. Casting: Large, flexible cast
From a remote weaver’s cottage in the bleak Yorkshire moors, a gang of counterfeiters
(the ‘Cragg Vale Coiners’) launch a nefarious scheme that threatens to unsettle the
currency of 18th century England.
Bound in marriage to their leader, known locally as ‘King’ David, Grace Hartley is
torn between the forces of love, duty and conscience, whilst at the same time struggling
with motherhood and the need to keep hunger at bay.
After the counterfeiters’ initial success, opposing forces gather, led by William
Dighton, Supervisor of Excises, who sets in motion a series of events that have momentous
This play is based on a true story that has gripped the inhabitants of the Upper
Calder Valley for centuries, but has so far received little prominence elsewhere.
The Calder Valley is known to many as the setting for the hit television series Happy
A female perspective
This drama uniquely presents the historic and tumultuous events of this episode in
history from a woman’s point of view. Very little is known about the real Grace Hartley
or the other women in this story. In the male-dominated world of the eighteenth century,
documentation focuses almost exclusively on the role played by men. This play helps
to redress this imbalance.
This collection of short poems is at the same time an affirmation, a protest and
Each tercet represents a surge of emotion encapsulated in a minimalist form.
Inspired by the challenges of everyday life reflected in haiku-like imagery, the
result is a unique collection of short verse in which nature, humanity and the environ-ment
coalesce in liberation and empowerment.
These three-line verses extol both the power and the joy of being a woman.
‘Complex imagery embraced in a simple form serves as a haven for deeper meaning’
This collection of modern fiction spans many decades and celebrates a diversity of authors, nationalities and locations. The stories are inhabited by characters who are at times naturalistic and at others an embodiment of the imaginary world they inhabit. From the mystical elements of the title story to the mythical dancers in Ghostly Laughter and the quirky characters of Dotty and Blacky, these stories draw the reader into a world of shifting realities, questioning relationships and morally diverse individuals inhabiting a whole range of worlds from the mundane to the fantastic. Above all, these stories offer variety, pathos and contemplation, combined with an occasional surprise and a touch of humour.