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Harriett Townsend, playwright
Harriet Townsend


Harriet Townsend is a playwright and actress. Harriet is based in Saltaire and writes fact-based historical plays and events, usually site-specific and written to commission. These projects are then directed and produced by Harriet Townsend and her team. Harriet also devises drama tours and promanade theatre.

Trained for the theatre at The Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama.
B.A. Hons and post graduate diploma at The University of Surrey.
Widely travelled. Lived and worked in the West Indies, Turkey and Greece.
Blue Badge Guide: Cambridge, Oxford and London Theatreland.
Devised costumed historical walks.

More info: Read Roger Clarke's profile of Harriet Townsend

For more information about these plays and possible production, and for further commissions, please contact Harriet Townsend.
Tel. 01274 783846

Examples of work

Hattie Townsend's latest drama: Not about Heroes
Performance dates: 13th and 14th September 2014

Not for Heroes, is a promenade play performed on the streets of Saltaire. The audience will enter the war-weary world of 1919 to meet survivors of the Great War, whose lives are by no means universally tragic, but often funny and sometimes outrageous. The characters share their fascinating experiences and provide insights into the future.

Performance dates: 13th and 14th September

Meeting point is by the bridge at the junction of Victoria Road/Albert Terrace. 11.15am-12.15pm and 2.30pm-3.30pm on both dates.


  • Book via the Saltaire Festival ticket service
  • In person from the Visitor Information Centre
    Salts Mill, Victoria Road, BD18 3LA
    tel: 01274 437942
    Opening times: Monday – Sunday, 10:00 – 17:00
  • Visit the Saltaire Festival website to see what else is on>

After The War Was Over
Genre: Historical drama
© Harriet Townsend, 2012

The play is based on true local events. Five characters meet in Roberts Park in the spring of 1919. The Great War has shattered their lives; but for some it has presented new and exciting opportunities.

The play was performed in honour of World Heritage Weekend. Performances took place in Roberts Park, in the World Heritage site of Saltaire, on 21st and 22nd April, 2012.



The Whisperers
Genre: Historical drama
© Harriet Townsend, 2008

Real characters from the past whose dreams were threatend by uncomfortable truths, try to set the record straight. Suicide, violent death and a conspiracy of silence threaten the modern utopia of Sir Titus Salt.



After the Battle - A drama tour for Riddleston Hall
Commissioned by the National Trust
Genre: Historical drama
© Harriet Townsend, 2010

Characters associated with Riddleston Hall tell their stories. One is a grusome story of "witchcraft" - and the struggle of a local boy after the disasterous defeat of the Battle of Marston Moor.

The play was performed over two months through the summer to enthusiastic audiences. The play engaged children and adults alike.

After the Battle

Schooling Miss Martha
Commissioned for the Saltaire Festival
Genre: Historical drama
© Harriet Townsend, 2006

Hattie Townsend's play, Schooling Miss Martha, is set in Saltaire in 1877 and is woven around real characters. The play used a lively cast of children from Bingley Little Theatre who enjoyed recreating the fun and hardships of life in the Mill school.



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