Edith, Elizabeth and I

West Dean College


West Dean College is pleased to present 'Edith, Elizabeth and I', a fast-paced one woman show created by Jules Craig. Inspired by the life and works of Edith Sitwell.

This evening of theatre and literary history will be hosted in the State Rooms at West Dean College, giving the audience a unique opportunity to experience this popular theatrical performance in a venue that Sitwell visited in the 1930's.

The performance will be accompanied by a rare viewing of a selection of the Sitwell material held in the Edward James Archive, and offer visitors the opportunity to view the renowned portrait of the poet painted by her friend Pavel Tchelitchew in 1947.


Viewing of material from the Edward James Archive
Refreshments available

'Edith, Elizabeth and I' performance in the Old Library

Q&A with Jules Craig

Viewing of material from the Edward James Archive

Refreshments available in the Oak Hall

All photos by Allison Dewey Photography.


Inspired by the life of the poet Edith Sitwell, and her biographies of Elizabeth I, it is the story of Juliet, who attempts to put on a play about her heroines, but discovers that telling the tales of others has its pitfalls, particularly when the subjects themselves turn up, and force her to face some home truths.

Edith, Elizabeth and I is a comic fast moving one-woman show with a cast of three, all vying for the role of leading lady.

The play explores the nature of biography, and focuses on the themes of role models, identity and the position of the older, unmarried woman in society.

Directed by Sian Webber, designed by Katherine Richards and with the support of the Arts Council, Edith, Elizabeth and I, previewed in 2015 at The Tristan Bates Theatre, London, Harrogate Studio Theatre and The Marlborough, Brighton.

Refreshments will be served in the Oak Hall.


'This show…has a huge heart.' Helen Jewell - The Old Market, Brighton

'One-person shows about historical characters are a staple of fringe theatre. But Jules Craig's comic new play does something at once shrewder and warmer with the genre.' Bella Todd - The Stage

'…intense, fast-paced and, by moments, funny and poignant...… this is biography on the slant, and all the more enjoyable and rich for that.' Kate Evans - Writer


Edith Elizabeth, Photos by ©Allison Dewey Photography
Edith Elizabeth Production shot by Allison Dewey, Photos by ©Allison Dewey Photography
Edith Production shot, Photos by Allison Dewey ©Allison Dewey Photography
Edith shot, Photos by Allison Dewey ©Allison Dewey Photography
Edith, Photos by ©Allison Dewey Photography