Getting in character for Bragg musical

Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse, the museum of Norfolk life, has been helping the cast of a Norwich theatre company get into character for roles in their latest show.

Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse, the museum of Norfolk life, has been helping the cast of a Norwich theatre company get into character for roles in their latest show.

Company members from Norwich-based Threshold Theatre Group's production of Melvyn Bragg's musical The Hired Man travelled to the museum to try their hand at farm life Victorian style.

The Hired Man is based on the stories of Bragg's grandfather in turn-of-the-20th-century Cumbria.

It follows the life of John Tallentine (Joe Ringer) as he struggles to make a living from the land. Troubles set in when John becomes so devoted to his labours that his wife Emily (Katy Wicks) feels neglected, and she sets her fancies on the dashing farmer's son, Jackson Pennington (Mark Bird).


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The multi-award winning musical has been described as "the English Les Miserables" and features a similarly powerful storyline and score.

The Hired Man plays Norwich Playhouse from May 30 to June 2 at 7.30pm nightly with a 2.30pm matinee on the Saturday.

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Tickets £9 (concs £7), matinee £6, from the Playhouse box office on 01603 598598 or the Theatre Royal box office on Level Three of Castle Mall.

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