The Fossilist

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By Fiona Mackie.

In 1847, Mary Anning lies dying at the age of 42.

Alone in the world, she is surrounded only by her fossils.

In 2005, Jodie is playing truant from school, and has escaped to a deserted part of the beach.

But she hasn't thought about the tide.

She has been spotted.

Mags realises that the young teenager she saw further down the beach has not returned.

She goes to warn her but by the time she manages to get Jodie to follow her, it's too late.

The play links all three women's doubts, fears and obsessions over the centuries.

Mags....Susan Jameson

Jodie....Ella Smith

Mary Anning....Gillian Bevan

Young Mary....Catherine Butler

Young Mary's Father....Gerard McDermott

Directed by Sally Avens