Edith in the Dark
by Philip Meeks
Full Length Play / 1m, 2f
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.
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.
Reviews“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
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- Time Period: 1900-1910
- Setting: Christmas eve 1909
- Features / Contains: Period Costumes
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.