Thursday 8 – Saturday 10 June, 7.30pm
Suitcase Theatre Company presents Hard Times
Thomas Gradgrind is the proprietor of the Coketown school, a place where Facts are the only important thing and Imagination is banished. His friend, Josiah Bounderby, is the owner of the Coketown mills, where the many workers of the town labour unceasingly to make enough money to exist. Into this utilitarian landscape comes Sleary’s Horse-Riding, a travelling circus full of fun and fancy, and Gradgrind’s two children (Tom and Louisa) are, naturally, intrigued by its arrival. So begins a tale in which the forces of Imagination battle with the sterile restrictions of Gradgrind and Bounderby’s world, as Dickens unveils a cast of classic Dickensian characters, whose stories are woven together ever more tightly in Stephen Jeffrey’s fast-paced adaptation for the stage. An evening of Victorian drama and pathos, performed with all the dynamism which has become Suitcase Theatre Company’s trademark.
Tickets: £8 (£8 for under 18s). 01873 firstname.lastname@example.org