Victorian Mystery and the Supernatural with Female Gothic

Victorian Mystery and the Supernatural with Female Gothic

Fans of gothic literature are in for a real treat on Thursday 21 November at The Atkinson with Female Gothic and a free pre-show talk about key Female Gothic authors from Dr Ben Brabon (Edge Hill University).

The Female Gothic from Dyad Productions looks at The Victorian fascination with tales of mystery and the supernatural created an enduring legacy of Gothic fiction. It is often the male writers that we remember, and today Charles Dickens, M R James, Edgar Allen Poe and Sheridan Le Fanu continue to be celebrated. Yet many of the brilliant, evocative, thrilling and eerie ghost stories created by the great and incredibly popular female writers of that era – Mary Shelley, George Eliot, M E Braddon, Edith Wharton, Edith Nesbit et al – have gathered dust and been forgotten.  Until now…

An artist, gripped by the clutching fingers of a dead past; a scientist, defying nature in the dark realm of the senses; an expectant father driven mad by creeping shadows… 

 In the unquiet, stygian darkness between life and death, a lone, a haunted woman tells chilling tales of the macabre and uncanny, of love, loss, death and the darkness beyond, illuminating the curious frailties of human nature…

A macabre masterpiece.  Ghostly, grisly and gorgeous.  This show is a fantastic as it is phantasmic.  Don’t miss it (Three Weeks)

Dyad Productions creates, produces and tours classic theatre with an innovative and contemporary emphasis.  This dark celebration of female gothic is their fourth original production in as many years.  Previous works, Austen’s Women and I, Elizabeth were five-star successes at Edinburgh and Adelaide in 2009 and 2010, with The Diaries of Adam and Eve garnering five-star reviews at Edinburgh 2011.  All three plays continue to tour across the UK and internationally.

Female Gothic is written and performed by Rebecca Vaughan (writer/actor: Austen’s Women, I, Elizabeth; actor: The Diaries of Adam and Eve) and continues the successful collaboration between Dyad and director Guy Masterson (Olivier Award-winning Morecambe, Scaramouche Jones).  Costumes are provided by Kate Flanaghan (I, Elizabeth, Austen’s Women, Bollywood Steps, The Diaries of Adam & Eve), and the script editor is Dyad writer/actor Elton Townend Jones (The Diaries of Adam & Eve, Cutting the Cord).

Tickets for Female Gothic are priced at £11 (£9 concessions) and are available online at or by calling The Atkinson box office on 01704 533333. You can also purchase your tickets over the counter during The Atkinson’s opening hours.

*Please be advised there is a £2 booking fee for booking over the phone and online bookings.


Female Gothic
Thursday 21 November


Tickets: £11 (£9 concessions)


The Atkinson
Lord Street



In person: Visit the Southport Tourist Information Centre (located on Lord Street, Southport).

For tickets: visit the website* or call box office on 01704 533333*

*Subject to a £2 booking fee


Notes to Editors

For more information, interviews, images or review tickets, please contact Emma Lloyd at The Atkinson on 0151 934 2129 |


About The Atkinson

The Atkinson is a key transformational project, enhancing Southport’s offer of ‘England’s Classic Resort’. It is a £17 million development, due to open in Spring 2013. It involves the integration of three Arts & Cultural managed venues, Southport Arts Centre, the Atkinson Art Gallery and Botanic Gardens Museum alongside the Southport central Library, into one regional cultural centre. Sefton Council, North West Development Agency, Arts Council England and Sea Change funded the Atkinson project. A funding application has also been successful to the Heritage Lottery Fund for the fit out of the museum areas to feature within the Cultural Centre.

The Atkinson will deliver high quality arts and cultural entertainment from dance and drama to fine art and music, whilst supporting community art groups with their development and performances.

Set in a grade II listed building in the centre of Lord Street, the principal shopping avenue in Southport, which extends the length of the town. It will act as a focal point for the town centre and will add to the food and beverage offer and the Lord Street retail offer to make a complete visitor experience.



Posted on 19 November 2013 under General news

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