Newport Playgoers To Bring Edward Byfleet’s Trial To New Audiences

Newport Playgoers are set to present their next production, The Trial of Edward Byfleet during November.

The play, written by local playwright Mark Hardwidge, tells the tale of Edward Byfleet who awakes in a strange and desolate land.  He is confronted by three mysterious figures, the Fates, who tell him he is to stand trial for all of humanity, and to answer for all the wrong that mankind has released onto the universe. The outcome of the trial will determine whether humanity is exorcised completely from existence.  With the harrowing testimony of witnesses compelled from a golem-like creature, the Terran, Edward must find some way back from the brink of utter destruction.

Directed by Jes Hynes, who has in recent years brought Trainspotting, The Graduate, Fawlty Towers and, most recently, Wyrd Sisters to the Dolman stage, this is a dark and disturbing journey into the undeniable horrors that mankind has visited upon itself.

The casting of the play shows the talent within Newport Playgoer’s Society with both youth and more experienced actors represented. Tyrone Sullivan-Davies will take on the lead role with Holly Dawe, Catherine Morgan and Ann Kelly as the Fates.  As well as directing, Jes will reprise the role of the Terran.  With technical support from Ryan Blockwell and makeup from Kirsty Charlton this promises to be a visceral and affecting production, though not one for the faint of heart.

  • The Trial of Edward Byfleet runs at The Dolman Theatre from November 8 – 11 at 7.15pm each evening. Visit for further details.