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Edith in the Dark

Philip Meeks

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Full Length Play

1m, 2f

ISBN: 9780573111143

Celebrated children’s author Edith Nesbit (The Railway Children, Five Children & It) retreats to her attic writing room during one of her husband’s tiresome parties with her housekeeper and an unexpected, handsome party guest.

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Full Length Play

Mystery/Thriller, Christmas/Holiday

Time Period - 1900-1910

Settings Of Play - Christmas eve 1909


Interior Set, Bare Stage/Simple Set

Period Costumes

As midnight swiftly approaches, Edith gives a reading of her work. Not one of her cherished children’s tales, but her terrifying early horror stories. As the stories unfold it becomes clear all is not what it seems…Someone in the attic is hiding a deadly secret.

Edith in the Dark is a haunting glimpse into the nightmarish inner world of an author whose reputation for cosy childhood innocence is only half the story.
“Highly original” THE GUARDIAN

“A superbly written new play… a devilishly good idea” THE STAGE

“A delicate balance of tongue-in-cheek and heart-in-mouth” THE PUBLIC REVIEWS


1m, 2f


Edith Nesbit
Mr. Guasto
Biddy Thricefold

EDITH NESBIT – In her forties, Edith is astute and brilliant but unhappy. She’s quick witted and has an eye for a younger man. She’s a very modern woman for the era in which she lives. But almost everything she does is a diversion from her own personal heartbreak and secrets.

MR. GUASTO – Tall, strident and handsome in his late twenties. He arrives uninvited but when he helps Edith with an ailing guest gets more than he bargained for. He’s a huge fan of Edith’s work, but since he has a terrible fear of the grave, is not expecting the night that lies ahead of him.

BIDDY THRICEFOLD – Mid fifties or above. Biddy is a terrible housekeeper and rather too fond of her own home-made spiced punch. She loves Edith and despite the banter the feeling is mutual. She’s more of a companion than a servant, and although the part has been written for an older actor could be played by someone the same age as Edith. The character supplies a lot of the humour in the early part of the play but has a terrible secret of her own that she finally finds a way to share.

All three actors also play the roles featured in the stories within the play regardless of gender or age.
Philip Meeks

Philip Meeks

As a playwright Philip’s credits include “Murder Margaret and Me” which was a hit at the New York Fringe Festival last summer where it won awards and received critical acclaim. It enjoyed a national tour and had a short West End run at the Ambassadors Theatre as part of the celebrations to mark “The Mousetraps” 60th anniversary. Other plays include “Kiss Me Honey Honey!” which won a Fringe ... view full profile

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Ian Ogden 03/05/2016 03:30
Fascinating, unnerving story of the childrens' author's 'other side'. Part of her personality influenced by her unhappy life experiences perhaps? But a nicely-balanced trio of characters alternating roles in Nesbit's exploration of some of her slightly chiling adult writings. Hope we at Radyr will perform it soon.
Annette Toms 09/12/2015 12:49
Lovely play really enjoyed it.  Hope abbots alangley Players will be  performing  this soon

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