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Matt Hartley

Published by Nick Hern Books

Large Mixed Cast
Winner Olivier Award for Best New Comedy 2016

It's 1665

As the plague runs rife through London, Reverend William Mompesson arrives in Eyam, Derbyshire, to lead the parish

But Eyam is no sleepy backwater

It's a village at war with itself

The community has dissolved, and neighbour feuds with neighbour under the watchful eye of a ruthless landowner bent on maintaining his grip on the village

And when the plague arrives in Eyam, the villagers are tasked with examining their civil responsibility

They must decide whether to stay quarantined, or flee and risk spreading the deadly disease

Premiered at Shakespeare's Globe, London, in September 2018, Edam is a play about the value and importance of community

M8,F7 (doubling)


"A compelling story of plague-era England" ~ The Stage

"The sheer magnitude of [the villagers'] sacrifice echoes down the ages" ~ Guardian

'Hartley's writing is the true star of Eyam. With formidable skill he uses the spirit of 17th-century drama to create a masterpiece of theatre that intoxicates the imagination through its exploration of how people are capable of working together in the face of a terrifying catastrophe" ~ The Upcoming

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