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Poisoned Beds
by Lucy Flannery & Greg Mosse
Original music by John Gleadall

Performed by Paula Tinker

21 - 25 May 2024, 7:30pm

Poisoned Beds is the captivating story of one woman’s personal liberation set against the fight for suffrage and the death of the Victorian oyster industry. Sussex actress Paula Tinker gives a virtuoso performance in a superb one-act script by Lucy Flannery & Greg Mosse, accompanied on stage by much-loved theatre composer John Gleadall.

The show is set in December 1918. Elizabeth Wells is preparing a concert to celebrate women’s suffrage and the end of the Great War. But she cannot celebrate the future without reconciling herself to her tragic past.

Poisoned Beds is a collaboration between two highly-regarded theatre writers and will delight audiences with its clever combination of comedy and sadness, sharp dialogue, unexpected plot twists, and wonderfully witty lyrics.

All ticket sales are non-refundable.

In exceptional circumstances, we might be able to exchange your ticket for another performance.

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Paula Tinker started her acting career as acting ASM at Leatherhead . Since then she worked in fringe theatre (pubs are familiar!), In Repertory (Windsor, Worthing, Derby, Chester, Orchard Theatre N.Devon). Chichester Festival Theatre in ‘The Mitford Girls’, ‘Underneath The Arches’,’ Valmouth’, ‘On The Rocks’, ‘Nickleby and Me’,’ Howzat!’ and ‘Cavell’ . Touring productions, include ‘84 Charing Cross Road, ‘Funny Peculiar’, Lavender Grove’, ‘Relatively Speaking’ and ‘Boy from Bosnia’. West End includes ‘Dirty Linen ‘at the Arts Theatre Club, and three years in ‘Crazy For You’ at the Prince Edward Theatre. TV and radio include ‘Lorna Doone', 'Minder’ and cast member in Hale and Pace series for LWT, and ‘Ball trap on the Cote Sauvage’ BBC Paula is delighted to return to The Baron’s Court Theatre after performing in ‘FINE’ here last year.

‘Poisoned Beds’ started a tour from Emsworth /Havant in 2019 but closed during lockdown. Greg Mosse, Lucy Flannery, John Gleadall (pictured) and Paula are all local to the area, and share great concern for the perilous state of our coastline and seas. Overdevelopment and consequent pollution are ongoing, and if this play can do something to raise awareness of the environmental damage done to our beautiful coastline, then it will be all worthwhile!

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