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1666: When an infected bolt of cloth carries plague to an isolated village a housemaid must find strength to confront the disintegration of her community and lure of illicit love. (Or: How do you like them apples…)

The Pulitzer Prize winning author Geraldine Brooks struck gold with her novel Years of Wonderand it has now been adapted for the stage by Mike Alfreds and Jane Arnfield. Written from the point of view of a housemaid named Anna Frith - and what she lives through when plague hits her village - it’s based on the history of the small Derbyshire village of Eyam that, when beset upon by the plague in 1666, quarantines itself in order to prevent the disease from spreading further. As is often the case in times of pressure the true nature of the village’s inhabitants is slowly revealed… In this one-woman show Arnfield will portray multiple facets of the story, really bringing this rich novel, which has garnered so many awards, to life (and black death).

Years of Wonders: Tuesday 26 & Wednesday 27 June, Alphabetti Theatre, Newcastle, 7.30pm (Tues) & 9.30pm (Wed), £9/£7. alphabettitheatre.co.uk; Thursday 29 June, Gala Theatre, Durham, 1.30pm & 7.30pm, £10/£8. galadurham.co.uk; Friday 29 June, The Lit & Phil, Newcastle, 7.30pm, £9/£7. litandphil.org.uk. More info: carolewproductions.com