Set in a mysterious library where poems and writers come to life, as a day librarian and night librarian reveal secrets to a girl about the hidden history of Sylvia Plath, Ted Hughes and Assia Wevill.

‘Birthday Book of Storms’ is an imagined retelling of events in the life of the iconic poets Plath and Hughes and artist Assia Wevill. Sent in a twilight magic realist world, the events of their fateful, tragic lives are investigated by a girl wanting to know who she is and her forgotten place in their story. The play highlights the choices these protagonists made, and the consequences of their choices on the girl

The play, a Griffin Playwright Award finalist, is focused on the feminine truth in the Hughes saga.

‘The play is a combination of research and imaginative speculation. It is beautifully written‘- Michael Brindley, Stage Whispers (on Fire in the Head, 2022)


Birthday Book of Storms will also be livestreamed on Aug 19, Friday, 7:30pm.


Content warning: suicide as documented in the history of the female artists Sylvia Plath and Assia Wevill. Violence against children referred to.

Directed by Alex Menglet

Written by R.Johns

Graphics & Design by Peter Mumford

Performed by Anita Torrance, Roxana Păun Trifan, Ursula Searle, Jasper Bagg and Phil Roberts

Writer & Director Whisperer, Visual Artist Jaime Dörner

Lighting Design by Kris Chainey

Sound Design by Gianluigi Rotondo

Image by Peter Mumford


Access Information:

Visual rating 50%: Events are partly subtitled or include dialogue, background music and/or sounds, so d/Deaf and hard of hearing audiences can have some engagement with the event.

Aural Rating 50%: Has both sound and visual components, but sight isn’t essential to be able to engage with the event.


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