Beach Hut Theatre Company is presenting Alison Watt’s latest play, a comedy thriller called Stalked by Flowers, as part of Coastival’s Rather Splendid Day Out on Saturday 11 February, and for a week’s run later in the month.
With special filmed sections created by Paul Nash and a live music score performed by film composer John Pattison, Stalked by Flowers should be an exciting multimedia event.
A quick rundown of the plot: it seems to be family business as usual at Festive Flowers for busy mum, Heather, and her shy daughter, Iris, as they prepare for Valentine’s Day. But out of the blue, after years of absence, Heather’s other daughter Holly pays a visit. Fresh from her high-powered marketing success, and on her way to an even better paid job in Manchester, prodigal city-girl Holly has decided to return to hometown roots to recharge batteries for a while. But what Holly doesn’t tell is that she’s hiding a secret. And when a handsome, male stranger also arrives in the family-run shop, suddenly life lurches into the danger zone.
This is Beach Hut’s second appearance at Coastival. Last year the company presented its comedy Love, When It’s Brass. The play, which was a wedding comedy dealing with debt, was performed in three sections over two days at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, The Palm Court Hotel and in The Town Hall Gardens.
Writer and director Alison Watt says: ‘ It was really exciting performing at Coastival last year. We received a very warm response even though the actors and audiences had to brave the chill February weather for the outdoor sections. This year I wanted to move away from farce and write a thriller with a stronger focus on story. Supported by Scarborough Police and the Cambridge Centre with research, I wanted to introduce more serious elements by looking at dependency issues as well as generating laughter.’
Performances take place in the Concert Room at Scarborough Library, where Beach Hut Theatre Company has been performing regularly since 2007. The dates and times of the performances are:
Stalked by Flowers at Coastival’s Rather Splendid Day Out
Saturday 11, at 1pm
Wednesday 15, Thursday 16, Friday 17 and Saturday 18 February at 7.30pm
Not suitable for under 15s
Tickets cost £9.00 full price and £7.00 concessions.
Tickets for all shows available from Scarborough Tourist Information Centre in the Brunswick Shopping Centre. Telephone number: 01723 372075.
Tickets are also available online from www.wegottickets.com/BeachHutTheatre
- Published in On Stage: Features