Scarborough theatre company Beach Hut premiere new plays for Halloween

Summers Edge co-writers John Pattison and Alison Watt
Summers Edge co-writers John Pattison and Alison Watt

A new musical will have its world premiere in Scarborough’s theatre-in-the-round at the Westwood Campus in Scarborough.

Summer’s Edge is a full-length fantasy musical set in the Yorkshire Wolds co-written by John Pattison and Alison Watt.

The creative team behind the Beach Hut Theatre production are industry professionals with Alison Watt having written episodes of Eastenders and Crossroads, and John Pattison having written musicals with Alan Ayckbourn and John Godber and worked as musical director at the Royal National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Creating sets for Summer’s Edge is designer Michael Roberts. He was design supervisor at the Stephen Joseph Theatre.

Summer’s Edge is part of Fantasies, Fables and Frights – seven world premieres of original drama and music inspired by the cultural roots of Scarborough and beyond. The six other original productions are Autumn Bites, a collection of six short, dark, humorous and disturbing plays, written by local, emerging writers working in collaboration with local composers. The plays have been developed with Alison and John

Artist Helen Birmingham owner of the Studio Gallery, is the designer for Autumn Bites and will create a unique, immersive experience within the specially constructed 40-seat theatre at Scarborough Library.

Alison said: “Scarborough and the surrounding villages are full of fascinating tales; there are ghosts, ghouls and superstitions which will set your spine tingling. Perfect inspiration for our plays. We have the unquiet dead, witches and faerie magic. Prepare to be afraid. Anything might happen and probably will.”

Fantasies, Fables and Frights will premiere in the Westwood Theatre in the Round, Westwood Campus.It runs from Tuesday October 25 until Saturday October 29, daily at 7.30pm with a matinee at 1.30pm on Saturday 29 October. Tickets from Westwood Campus on 01723 361960 or online at www.wegottickets.com/BeachHutTheatre. Tickets will also be available on the door.

Autumn Bites will be performed at Scarborough Library, Vernon Road, on Friday November 4 and Saturday November 5. Three plays will be performed on the first night with three more on the second night. Tickets for each night can be booked at Woodend Creative Workspace on 01723 384500.