Life plays with the Squires

This 30-minute play by award winning playwright and writer Peter Read tells about the life of the last two squires of Erddig; Simon and Philip.

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

Brothers Simon and Philip Yorke, the last two squires of Erddig, were both conscious that life often played cruel tricks on them. Philip felt his experience of life was similar to a game of Snakes and Ladders. Just when you feel you’re on top of things, something pops up to send you crashing back down to the beginning.

In this new adaptation, the last two squires of Erddig, Simon and Philip look back on some of the toys they played with as young boys as well as their later battle to save the house. They reminisce about playing with their teddy bears and dressing up as well as Snakes and Ladders.

The play is suitable for families and there is even some audience participation.

Eric Jones is a well-known actor on stage, TV and in films. He recently appeared at Theatre Clwyd in Arthur Miller’s play, The Crucible. He collaborated and acted with Peter Read in last year’s The Brother’s Yorke.

Peter Read has written four other plays commissioned by the National Trust. He is a prize winning writer, having won the NODA award for the best stage production at Thwaites Theatre Blackburn for his play, Shearer or Me! He also gained five star reviews on two consecutive years for his Dylan Thomas one man show at the Edinburgh Festival. In addition to playwriting, he is also a poet and is a previous winner of the John Tripp award for Performance Poetry.

There will be a single 30-minute performance every Saturday and Sunday from 16 July to 28 August at 1.30pm.

Prices

Event ticket prices
This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.
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Erddig

Prices

Garden
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £9.90 £9.00
Child £5.00 £4.50
Family £24.80 £22.50
Whole property
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £15.40 £14.00
Child £7.70 £7.00
Family £38.50 £35.00
Group Adult
Minimum group size 15
N/A £13.30

What is Gift Aid?

Most of our places run the Gift Aid on Entry scheme at their admission points.

Under this scheme, if you're not a member you have the choice of two entry tickets:

  • Gift Aid Admission
  • Standard Admission

If the place runs Gift Aid on Entry, we'll offer you a clear choice between the Gift Aid Admission prices and the Standard Admission prices at the admission point. It's entirely up to you which ticket you choose.

Gift Aid Admission includes a 10 per cent or more voluntary donation. Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid - an extra 25 per cent - potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.

An extra £1 paid under the scheme can be worth over £3 to the National Trust as shown below:

  Gift Aid Standard
Amount paid by visitor £11.00 £10.00
Tax refund from Government* £2.75 £0.00
Total received by the National Trust £13.75 £10.00

 

*Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid - an extra 25 per cent - potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.

Please note...

The house, resturant, garden, shop and parkland are open daily. 

 

 

The basics

Suitability
Children welcome
Meeting point
The venue may change depending on weather. Therefore, please confirm with the welcome team on arrival.
What to bring and wear
Please check the weather forecast before setting out and bring blankets or low backed seating.
Accessibility
The garden is accessible via a ramp.
Other
There will be a single 30-minute performance every Saturday and Sunday from 16 July to 28 August at 1.30pm. Visitors are welcome to enjoy the performances free of charge but normal admission to enter the property applies. Dogs on leads are welcome on our 1,200 acre estate and into the property as far as the Midden Yard but will not be permitted through to the garden, house and stables.

Contact Info

Name
General Office
Email
erddig@nationaltrust.org.uk
Telephone
Call 01978 355314

Upcoming events

Let's play ...

Mon 15 Aug 2022
10:00-16:00
Hands up, who's coming out to play this summer? Join us at Erddig from Saturday 23 July to Sunday 4 September 2022 for a summer of play for the whole family.

Timber Tuesdays

Tue 16 Aug 2022
11:00-15:00
Children can experiment in creative play using these natural wooden balance boards, planks and shapes.

Storytelling with Jake Evans

Wed 17 Aug 2022
10:00-16:00
Bring your imagination to life and embark on a brand new journey with our award-winning storyteller!

Cinderella outdoor theatre

Wed 17 Aug 2022
18:30-20:30
In an enchanted kingdom in a faraway land magical creatures and fairy godmothers come together to tell the best loved of all fairy tales.

Tinker Tray Thursdays

Thu 18 Aug 2022
11:00-15:00
Perfect for open-ended creativity and imaginative play, get creative with the arts and crafts materials in your tinker tray to make wild art, pictures and collages.

Life plays with the Squires

Sat 20 Aug 2022
13:30-14:00
This 30-minute play by award winning playwright and writer Peter Read tells about the life of the last two squires of Erddig; Simon and Philip.