Four one act plays from the 'Manchester School' of Playwrights. The Price of Coal
- 1909. The mines. Collier Jack Tyldesley heads off at 5.30am for another day's hard graft at the coalface. His lover, Mary Bradshaw, has promised to answer his marriage proposal when he returns home, but Jack's mother is haunted by premonitions of disaster. Risk is part of the job, but too often the cost of fuel outweighs the cost of the lives of men. Lonesome Like
- 1911. The mill. Sarah Ormerod has worked in a Lancashire mill for many years, but age and hard work have taken their toll. When she loses the use of her hands, she is condemned to spend the rest of her days in the workhouse, unless someone can help her. Without a welfare state, what happens to the elderly and disabled? The Old Testament and the New
- 1914. The home. Christopher Battersby is a devout Christian, running his household in strict and obsessive accordance with the Old Testament. When his daughter runs off to London with an unsuitable man, he struggles with his faith and the limits of what he can forgive. Night Watches
- 1916. The trenches. A new orderly begins work on the night shift at a Red Cross hospital, only to find that two of the patients are more comically surprising and disruptive that originally seemed.Performers Jemma Churchill (Polly Livesey/Nurse/Martha Battersby), Hannah Edwards (Mary Bradshaw/Mary Battersby/Emma Brierley), James Holmes (Orderly/Christopher Battersby), Lewis Maiella (Jack Tyldesley/Second Soldier/Sam Horrocks), Ursula Mohan (Ellen Tyldesley/Sarah Ormerod), Graham O' Mara (First Soldier/Edward Fielding/Reverend Frank Alleyne).
Author Harold Brighouse (The Price of Coal). Author Harold Brighouse (Lonesome Like). Author Stanley Houghton (The Old Testament and the New). Author Allan Monkhouse (Night Watches). Presented by Ine Van Riet (in association with Neil McPherson for the Finborough Theatre). Director Anna Marsland. Design Amelia Jane Hankin. Lighting Rob Mills. Sound Simon Gethin Thomas.