The show marks the return of theater to Barningham Village Hall – Arts & Entertainment
THE reopening of Barningham Village Hall after the lockdown will be celebrated on Saturday, June 12 with a dramatic solo performance based on the iconic Edwardian working-class novel The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists.
Written by Robert Tressell, it tells the story of a bunch of painters and decorators struggling to make a living renovating a house for the mayor in the fictional town of Mugsborough, based on the Hastings where the author lived.
Haunted by the threat of unemployment, men struggle to keep their jobs at all costs, but in doing so, some of them begin to realize that their lot in life is neither fair nor equitable.
The story is told by actor Neil Gore, of Townsend Theater Productions, in an entertaining magic lantern show full of political conjurations, tales, songs, lines, and participation from audiences who toured the country – even in front of an audience of MPs in Westminster.
Adapted from the actor’s novel, it has been hailed as a heart-wrenching tour of social history, exploring the timeless history of political awakening.
The Observer described it as “a powerful story, powerfully told” and director Ken Loach said: “You will leave the theater and join the fight.
Robin Brooks, member of the Barningham Village Hall Committee, said: “The show comes to us under the banner of the Highlights Rural Touring Scheme, which brings professional music and theater to party halls and community venues in Durham, Northumberland and Cumbria.
“We hosted the very last Highlights show of 2020, just days before the first lockdown, so we’re especially happy to see a live show again so soon after the reopening.
“The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists is a wonderful book that is funny, poignant, and thought-provoking in turn, and its underlying theme of how to tackle inequality and suffering is all too relevant today.”
Mr Brooks added: “It has been hailed as one of the first portraits of life written from the perspective of the working class. Ours is the only show date in Teesdale, and since our capacity will be limited by the need for social distancing, it would be wise to book early. ”
The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets cost £ 10.50 for adults, £ 4.50 for children and £ 23 for families.
Call 01833 621203 or email [email protected] to book tickets or book online at www.highlightsnorth.co.uk (booking fees apply online).
There is a two-for-one ticket offer for anyone between the ages of 16 and 35.
Appropriate Covid-19 precautions will apply in the lobby and anyone coming in should bring a face mask.
On a lighter note, participants are encouraged to bring their own drinks.