The witching hour returns

Students Charles Stokes, left, Joe Berwick, Lotty Price, and Lydia Doyle, all studying theatre or music at University of Hull Scarborough Campus, who will be performing their play, The Scarborough Witch Trials, at the Art Gallery, in conjunction with the current Fears and Foes exhibition. Picture by Andrew Higgins   sn122325c    05/06/12
Students Charles Stokes, left, Joe Berwick, Lotty Price, and Lydia Doyle, all studying theatre or music at University of Hull Scarborough Campus, who will be performing their play, The Scarborough Witch Trials, at the Art Gallery, in conjunction with the current Fears and Foes exhibition. Picture by Andrew Higgins sn122325c 05/06/12

If you missed the outdoor theatre performances of four witch trials around Scarborough, now’s your chance to see them again – under cover.

The four short shows will be performed on September 28 from 7pm as part of the final Friday Lates event, when the gallery will be open from 6pm to 10pm.

Visitors can also grab a last chance to view the current exhibition, Fears, Foes & Faeries, which closes on Sunday September 30, see the witch trials, and take part in craft activities.

Irresponsible Decorators is a theatre company led by Joe Berwick, Stan Walton and Charles Stokes, all students at the University of Hull Scarborough Campus.

The scripts were written by Joe, who also co-directs, and who has already seen considerable success as a playwright – his play Out of the Garden was shortlisted for the International Student Drama Festival last year, while Acetate 2012, a ‘brash and politically incorrect’ portrayal of the Olympics, was shortlisted for the Theatre Games 2012 festival.

Fears, FOes and Faeries takes its inspiration from a collection of charms and amulets assembled by William Hames Clarke 100 years ago.

On display are objects that helped sailors and fishermen feel safe, birds and animals that have played a part in British follore and items associated with the little folk – darker and more frightening creatures than previously imagined.

Entrance to the Fright Night Friday Late is at the standard gallery entrance fee of £2.