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Bathory Begins

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Title: Bathory Begins
Author: Hoy, Emme and Vella, Gretel
Price: $23.95

THEMES: Survival, Good vs. Evil, Horror
LENGTH: 1.5 Hours
TARGET AUDIENCE: Middle Years
CAST SIZE: Large Cast Without Doubling

I knew visiting a public school was going to be atrocious, I just didn’t think the murders would start so early in the day.

Year 10 Art and Design teacher Mrs Bathory is a sixteenth-century Hungarian woman. The sadistic, undead serial-killer countess, Erzsébet Báthory. It’s pretty obvious to her class of seven girls — yes, seven — the last remaining survivors of what the school is calling an outbreak of ‘headlice’ but what the students of 10F know is really another murderous rampage in Bathory’s quest for eternal youth.

When the girl’s attempt to ‘melt’ her with a bucket of water accidentally, actually, kills Mrs. Bathory before her Tuesday morning art lesson, her seven girls have a body to hide and a classroom full of visiting private school boys to convince of the righteousness of their cause.


Due to the overwhelming success of the existing ATYP Foundation Commission award, the Foundation expanded the program to include a new work for 14-17 year old actors. Bathory Begins by Gretel Vella and Emme Hoy is the 2017 winner of this award.

Published by Playlab, this is your chance to see the first production of a show that will be presented in schools around the country for years to come.

Ages 14+


Director Rowan Bate knows that this production is going to resonate with audiences. "Bathory Begins is for anyone who loves shades of darkness and light in their comedy. At its heart, behind the jokes and the murder plots, is a powerful message about social equality that speaks to this moment in history. I hope that audiences leave the show having had a laughter-filled night at the theatre, but also thinking about the way we as members of society make hasty judgements about our fellow humans."

Publication date: 11/09/2019
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781925338911
Publishing status: Active
Bathory Begins