A MUSICAL play which charts the last days of tragic American poet Sylvia Plath will be staged in Wallasey as part of World Mental Health day next week.

The Belfry will be staged at Wallasey Central Library in Earlston Road, Wallasey on Tuesday (October 10).

It looks at the final weeks of Plath's tragic life from the perspective of her neighbour, a retired professor living in the flat below hers. 

Sylvia, who was American, was a rising star of the literary world when she met her future husband, Ted Hughes.

The marriage soon floundered, and Plath became severely depressed by Ted's success, which overshadowed her own.

He was eventually appointed Poet Laureate.

Sylvia's life spiralled out of control, after Hughes left her for another woman. 

In the freezing merciless winter of 1963, Sylvia took her own life, giving rise to her status as a feminist icon and the greatest female poet of all time.

The production features musical re-interpretations of many of her famous poems, including Mad Girls' Love Song, Burning Witches and her masterpiece Lady Lazarus.

It has been adapted and directed by Hoylake-based actor, writer and producer John Gorman, who also plays the part of the professor.

The performance at Wallasey Central Library takes place from 6.30pm-7.30pm.

Admission is free.

To reserve a ticket call 0151 639 2334