Paint the Town Fred

Written by: Gordon Meredith
Directed by: Richard Avery
Thursday 9th, Friday 10th, & Saturday 11th June 2022
7.30PM & 2.30PM
Price: £15 Standard / £14 Conc. (Over 65 & Under 23)

Returning to East Riding Theatre, Gordon Meredith’s colourful perspective on the creative partnership of Fred and Mary Elwell peels back the layers of paint from the lives of Fred and Mary Elwell.

Fred and Mary lived full and fascinating lives filled with people and places as well as troubles and tragedy, both here in East Yorkshire, and on their travels throughout Europe. Mary was a skilled artist in her own right and both her and Fed exhibited at the Royal Academy as well as other galleries.

Working closely with Beverley Art Gallery Curator Helena Cox, and the leading authority on Fred Elwell, Wendy Loncaster, this play takes the covers off the real life stories behind the creative partnership of Beverley’s best known artists.


On Thursday 9th June at 1.30 pm a talk by Wendy Loncaster, the leading authority on the Elwells, will precede the matinee show which starts at 2.30 pm.

On Saturday 11th June, after the performance, there will be a Q&A with the cast.


This production follows previous successes for Shift Key Theatre written by Gordon, including, Stealing Seven Hens (2020), Broadside On (2019) and Swinging the Lamp (2018).

Supported by the East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Arts Council England and The Humber Museums Partnership

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