Actress wanted for role in Paxton House play

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The search is on for a young actress to play the lead role in an historic drama wearing genuine period costume.

The Wilson’s Tales Project is looking for someone to take the main role in The Monomaniac – a terrifying tale told by a woman in her 20s.

Her newlywed husband’s murder in a mutiny at sea, and the events that follow, leave her deeply traumatised. In fact, the story is thought to be an early portrayal of what we’d now call post-traumatic stress disorder.

The Tale has been dramatised by local author Michael Fenty and is one of three maritime-themed plays taking place at Paxton House on October 26.

It is the project team’s third evening of dramas based on 19th century publishing sensation Wilson’s Tales.

Paxton House will also let the performers choose their wardrobe from its legendary collection of historic costumes.

Wilson’s Tales team member Joe Lang said: “Be warned - this is not an understated drama. We need someone who can deliver a good 15 minutes of unrelenting terror, revulsion and grief. A quivering lower lip is not essential but would be a tremendous asset.”

Wilson’s Tales of the Borders is a collection of stories, history and ballads set mainly in the Borders and North Northumberland. They were first drawn together by John Mackay Wilson and published weekly from 1834 in the Berwick Advertiser, which he edited. The Berwick-based Wilson’s Tales Project aims to bring them back to life in a variety of different art forms to be enjoyed by current and future generations.

If you’re interested in taking part, please contact Joe Lang at