Hindle Wakes
Upstairs at the Gatehouse, London

Hindle Wakes by Tower Theatre Company

The Tower Theatre amateur dramatic company will present Hindle Wakes by Stanley Houghton at the Upstairs at the Gatehouse Theatre in Highgate, north London, from 28 June to 2 July 2016.

Written in 1910, and influenced by the emergence of the 'New Woman' and the plays of Ibsen, it was one of the earliest dramas to feature a female working-class protagonist. Now widely acclaimed as a classic, there have been at least eight film and TV versions of the play and it was recently seen at the Finborough Theatre.

"It is 'wakes week' in the Lancashire cotton town of Hindle, when the factories close and just about everyone goes on holiday. The Hawthorns are waiting for their daughter Fanny, a feisty young mill worker, to come home from Blackpool, where she's been staying with her friend Mary - or so she has told them. When the true story surfaces, three families are thrown into turmoil."

This new production will be directed by Ian Hoare with design by Michael Bettell, costumes by Fiona Lockton, lighting by Stephen Ley and sound by Rob Ellis.

The Tower Theatre Company is one of London's foremost amateur theatre companies and presents some 18 full-scale productions a year to a wide public audience. They were recently selected to take part in 'A Midsummer Night's Dream: A Play for the Nation' as part of the RSC's celebration of the 400th anniversary of the death of Shakespeare, and performed alongside the RSC at the Barbican Theatre.

Tickets for the production are now on sale.

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