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The Hired Man

The Hired Man
Book and Lyrics by Melvyn Bragg, based on his novel
Music by Howard Goodall
Directed by Roger Butler
10 – 15 November 2008

Based on Melvyn Bragg’s stirring novel of rural and industrial working life early in the twentieth century, ‘The Hired Man’ tells of one family’s journey from land laborers to colliers and back to the land. The superb score is a marvelous succession of chorales, operatic duets and vigorous foot stomping rhythms.


John Tallentire – Matt Hawes
Emily Tallentire – Jenny Tallowin Snee
May Tellentire – Lucy Larner
Harry Tallentire – Jack Ball
Isaac Tallentire – Phillip Pearce
Seth Tallentire – Jason Simmons – Pennington/Recruiting Officer – John Turnbull
Jackson – Dave Witham
Joe – Graham Frosdick
Jack/Ted Blacklock – Graham Peters
Dan – Alex Freeman
Bob – Frank Andrews
Bill/Union Chairman – Keith Jarman
Josh – Geoff Hawes
Tom – Derek Wheeler
Landlady – Carol Butler
Cumbrian Ladies – Shirley Tallowin, Janet Pearce, Melinda Hunt, Lauren Bulling, Jennie King, Claire Kingshott


Musical Director – Andy Hall
Choreographer – Stella Jarman
Rehearsal Accompanist – Christine Diggins
Orchestra – The Cumbrian Ensemble
Set Design and Painting – Carole Butler, Roger Butler
Stage Manager – Ken Swan
Lighting Designer – Peter Bennett
Costumes – Marjorie Sawyer, Carole Bramall
Continuity – Stella Jarman
Sound – Ken Swan
Properties – Carolynn Birmingham
Set Construction – Dave Birmingham, Mick Holland, Trevor Jeffries, Ken Swan, Dave Tallowin, Albert Tilbury