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Set changes 'drew gasps' from audience
Hindle Wakes – Formby Little Theatre – April 1 to 5 and 8
Champion Newspaper Review by Jenny Robson, 7th April 2014
STANLEY Houghton’s 1912 play was very controversial in its day
and still shocks over a hundred years later albeit not in quite the same
way. It was one of the first plays to have a working-class female protagonist
and deals with the expected position of women in the society of the time.
Working-class parents Chris Hawthorn (Peter Collinson) and his wife (Carol
Hurst) are anxiously awaiting their daughter’s return from Blackpool.
Fanny (Christina Dempsey) eventually breezes in, full of the joys of spring,
and realises she’s been rumbled. She has, in fact, been to Llandudno
with Allan (Christopher Lanceley), son of local mill owner Nathaniel Jeffcote
(David Davies). How did her parents discover her fib when Mary Hollins
was supposed to provide a cover story? Shock! Egged on by his wife Hawthorn
is sent up to the big house to confront Jeffcote to see ‘what’s
to be done’. Between them they agree that Allan must ditch his fiancée,
Beatrice (Rachael Armstrong), and marry Fanny. Mrs Jeffcote (Linda Millar)
doesn’t agree but, surprisingly, Beatrice considers it to be the
correct action and persuades her father, Sir Timothy Farrer (Michael Leathley)
that it’s all for the best. Allan doesn’t have any choice
in the matter so, having been ditched by Beatrice, reluctantly agrees
to marry Fanny. But – does Fanny have other ideas? She is an independent
woman. All the comings and goings keep the Maid (Hilda Young) busy as
she ushers them in and out of the sitting room. The costumes, the endearing
Lancashire accents (ee by gum ... they are good) and the attention to
detail make this play very enjoyable and the change in sets from the Hawthorn’s
humble cottage to Jeffcote’s big house draws gasps from the audience.
Score: 8.5/10 – Well done to director, Val Davies,
and her excellent cast.