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Edith in the Beginning

By Karen Forbes

About Edith in the Beginning

‘Edith – in the Beginning’ was commissioned by Stuff of Dreams and researched and written by Karen Forbes . It explored the life of Edith Pretty, the woman responsible for the discovery of the Sutton Hoo Anglo-Saxon treasure, which many consider to be one of the greatest archaeological finds in British history. The production was directed by our Artistic Director, Cordelia Spence, and staged outdoors to full capacity crowds at the National Trust Sutton Hoo site on the 24th, 25th and 26th August 2019 on the porch of Tranmer House, Edith Pretty’s former home.

The play was subsequently performed again in Ipswich to a full-house on the 9th November 2019 in partnership with Ipswich Museum and Eastern Angles at the Sir John Mills Theatre. Thanks to support from Arts Council England and Suffolk County Council, Stuff of Dreams also ran a series of community-focused, Creative Writing workshops led by playwright Karen Forbes. These took place at the Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds, The Garage in Norwich and at the offices of Lighthouse Women’s Aid in Ipswich.

Featured Video


  • Dawn Brindle - Queen Raedwald
  • Ivan Wilkinson - Basil Brown
  • Joshua Gould - Frank Pretty
  • Kiara Hawker - Edith Pretty


  • Cordelia Spence - Director
  • Julia Pascoe Hook - Design
  • Karen Goddard - Producer
  • Tim Lane - Sound


Photography by Al Pulford.

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