Tickets for Hard Times at Lowry Quays TheatreA new adaptation of Charles Dickens
by Debbie McAndrew
Directed by Conrad Nelson
The Northern Powerhouse, 1854.
Coketown – a place where the imagination is forbidden. Thomas Gradgrind will not permit fanciful thoughts in his school or his home. So how can he protect his children from the corrupting influences of the circus when it comes to town?
Dark satanic mills, interrupted by the colour and vibrancy of Sleary’s Circus, set the stage for a sweeping tale of supressed love, seduction and social mores, peopled with the sharply observed exaggerated characters that Charles Dickens is celebrated for.
This witty adaptation of a great Northern novel is a touching and often hilarious tale of repression and longing.