Progressive Players To Perform At Edinburgh Fringe

21/06/22

For the first time in its 102-year history, Progressive Players Gateshead will perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.


The play chosen for an outing at the world-famous arts event is An Evil Thing, by local playwright Sarah-May Simpson. This one act play was the Progressive Players’ entry in the Durham & Sunderland One Act Festival earlier this year, where it won the Allan Monkhouse Award for Best New Play. Laura Astin received the festival’s award for Best Supporting Actor in her brilliant multi-roleplay performance.

Prior to its Fringe appearance An Evil Thing will be performed on the stage of the Little Theatre Gateshead from 18th to 23rd July.

Set during World War 2, An Evil Thing tells the story of Betty King, a 12-year-old bully whose sadistic tendencies take a deadly turn when she is evacuated from her home in South Shields. Betty is played by Kathryn Sergison, with Elaine Watt completing the cast as Betty’s naïve cousin Peggy.

“I’m so excited for this to be happening,” said playwright Sarah-May Simpson on Twitter. “This is such a wonderful opportunity for me and PPs.”

Prior to its Fringe appearance An Evil Thing will be performed on the stage of the Little Theatre Gateshead from 18th to 23rd July.

An Evil Thing, directed by Jenny Race, begins its six-day Fringe run on 15th August at Paradise in Augustines on George IV Bridge. Tickets are available online HERE .