Beyond Words

Three short symbolist plays by Maurice Maeterlinck, adapted by Katie Hims.

By Maurice Maeterlinck and adapted by Katie Hims.

Dr Patrick McGuinness introduces three short plays by a key figure in late 19th-century symbolist theatre.

The Intruder

  • a family keep vigil together when one of their number is ill, but only the blind grandfather seems to see what is really happening.

    the seven princesses

  • the king and queen of an unnamed land wait on the terrace of a castle high above the sea for the return of their grandson.


  • two men, sent ahead to warn a family that their daughter has drowned, are stopped in their tracks by the sight of her household at peace through a window.

    with John Rowe, lizzy watts, Paul Rider, trystan gravelle, sheila reid and manjeet mann.

    directed by Jessica Dromgoole and Marc Beeby

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