The Ruined Trade by Jacquie Wyatt

The Ruined Trade by Jacquie Wyatt, and illustrated by Lucy Morris

The Ruined Trade by Jacquie Wyatt, and illustrated by Lucy Morris

Our whole process for Tess has been about reencountering Thomas Hardy with our female gaze, so we asked writer Jacquie Wyatt to compose us a poem in response to his work.

Jacquie lives in deepest darkest Kent and writes poetry, flash fiction and novels. Her poems have been published in The Dawntreader, the Poems for a Liminal Age anthology (SPM Publications, 2015), Rollick, Structo, Chain Reaction and Gold Dust. She is a repeat winner of Write Invite for flash fiction and Hour of Writes for fiction and poetry.

For more of Jacquie’s poems, have a look here:

https://clearpoetry.wordpress.com/tag/jackie-wyatt/

Follow: @jacquiewyatt


Photo credit - Louise Spence

Photo credit - Louise Spence

This brazen retelling of Hardy’s Tess of the D’Urbervilles sees an all-female cast of three welcome the audience into our semi-immersive pub setting to gather and hear the tragic tale of Tess. With a live folk band, shocking new plot twists, and a healthy jolt of feminism, our Tess is fighting to tell her truth – and in this modern day and age, we thought it was about time to have it heard.

theSpace @ Surgeon’s Hall (Venue #53) | 22:40 | 2nd - 17th August