Originally commissioned by
RICHARD HAWLEY FOR THE 2009 LICHFIELD FESTIVAL
AND BY CHRISTOPHER TUCKLEY FOR THE YORK ARCHAEOLOGICAL TRUST
THE HAPPINESS PATROL
The Happiness Patrol was founded in 2007 by Philip Holyman.
The company existed to create affordable and accessible productions of classical plays and stories which were specifically designed for intimate performance spaces. They were committed to finding original ways to engage modern audiences with classical texts and authors. By rewriting the classics, sometimes discreetly, sometimes drastically, The Happiness Patrol offered exciting new perspectives on increasingly unfamiliar works.
The Happiness Patrol’s work with the classics complemented Little Earthquake’s development of new writing, adaptations and collaboratively devised work. Both companies had a commitment to strong writing, and we were mutually supportive in our activities. We shared many of our resources, developed a shared loyal audience base, and often worked with the same pool of collaborators.
In 2011 Gareth Nicholls (Director of Little Earthquake) and Philip Holyman (Director of The Happiness Patrol) made the strategic decision to merge the two organisations under the Little Earthquake banner. This has afforded us the opportunity to streamline our administration and consolidate our branding, making our output clearer for audiences and the industry at large. Thus, Little Earthquake is now run with Gareth and Philip as Co-Directors.
The Happiness Patrol’s legacy lives on, and many of the projects that were originally produced by The Happiness Patrol will be presented by Little Earthquake in the future.
Welcome to the quietly sinister world of the ghost story…
Take a trip to the hotel where withered hands shoot out of darkened doorways to snatch at passers-by, where rickety scarecrows lie chained to iron beds, and where unpleasant surprises lurk amongst the leaves at the bottom of a cup of tea…
Pop into the charming antique shops where old paintings and dolls’ houses can suddenly come to life… Or leaf through dusty books filled with shockingly lifelike pictures of hideous creatures, and with locks of hair pasted between the pages…
Walk through rose gardens and yew mazes where you may catch fleeting glimpses of their nightmarish inhabitants. But if you find buried crowns and broken whistles down on the beach, leave them well alone. They have probably been left there for a very good reason…
Join us for an intimate evening of gentle chills and pleasing terrors from some acknowledged masters of the macabre.
The Woman of the Snow by Lafcadio Hearn | Dawn Butler The Haunted Dolls’ House by M R James | Jayne Edwards Lost Hearts by M R James | Philip Holyman Rats by M R James | Philip Holyman There Was A Man Dwelt By A Churchyard | Philip Holyman In A Cup Of Tea by Lafcadio Hearn | Philip Holyman How He Left The Hotel by Louisa Baldwin | Philip Holyman The Black Cat by Edgar Allan Poe | Philip Holyman A School Story by M R James | Tom McCarron A Story Of A Disappearance And An Appearance by M R James | Rochi Rampal The Mezzotint by M R James | Adam Skerrett The Reconciliation by Lafcadio Hearn | Natalie Wilson
Director & Designer | Philip Holyman
Lighting & Sound Design | Gareth Nicholls
Set Construction | Nicholas Nicholls
Costume Design | Ruth Bagnall for Costumia
Latin Consultant | Dr. Christopher Tuckley PhD
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