Elsie Piddock Skips in Her Sleep was written by Eleanor Farjeon, the first winner in 1956 of the Hans Anderson International Medal, who lived and worked in East Sussex.
It tells the tale of a champion skipper called Elsie Piddock, who through her skills manages to save a bit of the Sussex Downs from the clutches of an evil Lord bent on building a factory on it. It is the local fairies who teach Elsie to skip, and the play is full of fairy lore and details of village life.
Elsie Piddock Skips in Her Sleep tells an important tale about our green spaces and what they contribute to the happiness and health of our communities.
The play is suitable for family audiences, especially skippers from age 5 to 50.
Commissioned by the East Sussex Arts Partnership and Farnham Maltings, with additional support from the Ashden Trust and the Arts Council England, South East, the production tours to outdoor rural spaces, such as village greens, public gardens and school playing fields throughout the summer of 2006.