She Opened the Door is a fresh look at Thomas Hardy's first wife Emma and her relationship with the literary genius; one of Dorset's favourite sons. It takes place early autumn, in the garden of their home at Max Gate, Dorchester. Hardy's possessive mother Jemima comes to visit for a first and only time and Mrs Florence Henniker who has written a novel with Hardy arrives on the new-fangled bicycle. Add a feisty (ruined) house maid, some skeletons and a ghost or two to Emma's already tangled nerves and you have a powder keg ready to blow!
With music and songs by renowned composer Roderick Skeaping, and design by the talented Annette Sumption – the Swanage audience are promised an evening of quality and surprise with a clever combination of performance, writing, costume design, music and projected image.