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Bridlington at the Rosemary Branch Theatre
Peter Hamilton will present a production of his own play Bridlington at the Rosemary Branch Theatre, above the Rosemary Branch Pub in north east London from 14 April to 3 May 2015, with an official opening on 16 April 2015.
Directed by Ken McClymont the production will feature Julia Tarnoky (Ruth), Richard Fish (Bernard), Steve Hunt (Eric), Antoinette Sym (Gillian) and Christopher James Barley (Alexander).
This gritty comedy follows a doomed affair in a psychiatric hospital and shows both the therapeutic and destructive power of literature thorough one patient’s infatuation with the novel 'Wuthering Heights'.
"Long-term psychiatric patient Ruth has read Wuthering Heights forty-nine times and is the star of the Therapy Unit’s poetry workshop. As she nurses her teddy-bear, Heathcliffe, in a psychiatric hospital in York, she recalls her former life in a ward in Bridlington, and her doomed affair with Bernard Whittaker, a thirty-seven year-old fellow patient from Leeds. Ten, (or is it twenty?) years earlier, Bernard is obsessed with anti-submarine warfare in WW1 and hallucinates that he is being visited by a young German submariner called Wulf, who keeps trying to persuade him to join him on his U-boat. Bernard is very tempted but is constantly drawn back by his deep attachment to the hospital cuisine."
Peter Hamilton is a Leeds-born writer whose previous plays have include 'Basildon', 'Switchboard' (1997) and 'The Reappearance of Christ in the East End' (2005).