The setting could not be more perfect – a play about Edith Sitwell will be presented in her birthplace – Woodend, The Crescent, Scarborough, later this month.
The witty, honest and moving one-woman show, inspired by the life and works of the poet and her biographies of Elizabeth I – Edith, Elizabeth and I – is the rich and eccentric story of Juliet, who attempts to put on a play about her heroines, but discovers that telling the tales of others has its pitfalls, particularly when the subjects turn up, and force her to face some home truths.
Edith, Elizabeth and I is an investigation into the life and works of Edith Sitwell, a pioneering, and prolific poet and writer of the 20th Century, and a woman, not only lauded for the originality of her writing, but also renowned for her unconventional looks and a reputation for ‘treading her own path’, in life.
Edith Elizabeth and ’ is biography on the slant, and also explores the nature of why we tell other peoples tales, focusing on our need for role models, and the themes of identity and the position of older, unmarried woman in society.
The piece is energetic and the text fast-paced, using a combination of Sitwell’s own words and poetry and an imagined conversation between three robust woman.
It’s on November 10 and 11 at 8pm.
Tickets from Woodend on 01723 384500.