Coverstory books is thrilled to be bringing to market its first collection of plays. These three plays, all produced by Hertfordshire-based community theatre ‘Pins & Feathers’, tell extraordinary stories of ordinary people. With emotion and humour, they bring history to life, portraying characters challenged by events beyond their control, whose defiant voices resonate today.
Published on 1st December 2020, the plays are:
- The Last Witch, by Kate Miller
- Seeing it Through, by Kate Miller, Emma Blowers and Erin Thompson
- The March, by Kate Miller
Kate Miller is a writer, editor and creative writing teacher. Following a career in journalism, she gained an MA in playwriting from Essex University and co-founded Pins & Feathers Productions with Richard Syms. As well as the three plays in this collection, she has written First Light – a contemporary Passion Play (2015) and Plenty of Punch (2016) for Pins & Feathers. Her other plays include: The Noose of Light, about Edward Fitzgerald, the 19th century poet, produced by WriteOn, performed at the ADC Theatre Cambridge; Circlemakers, a short radio play, broadcast on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, produced by Menagerie Theatre, Cambridge; Another Fine Mess, produced at the Queen Mother Theatre, Hitchin, Herts; and Shipton Blank, one of five winners in Equity / Writers’ Guild / Directors’ Guild competition, produced at Riverside Studios, London.
Emma Blowers is a local historian and author of: Around Cold Christmas: A Personal History; Be Ware and Be Prepared: the Boys of St Mary’s and the First World War; and The Posy Ring: a Victorian Tale of Thundridgebury Manor. Having had a career in education and with experience in researching the origins of the Scout movement in and around Ware, she became interested in the lives of the young men who served their country, willingly or otherwise, in the Great War.
Erin Thompson writes poetry and short stories, and first worked with Pins & Feathers when she was a volunteer actor in The Last Witch. She became involved as one of the writers on Seeing It Through, researching the tragedies and comedies of rural village life in the First World War.