Following continued success of The Grand Theatre, Blackpool’s Play Reading Group, (which takes place on the second Saturday of every month) they are delighted to announce their 2017 dates. Perfect for anyone who relishes reading and engaging in discussion about great titles from some of the world’s leading play writes.
The first reading (11 February) will be Stanley Houghtons’s Hindle Wakes which was deemed to be was hugely controversial at the time of its writing.
The play is set in the fictional mill town of Hindle in Lancashire in England, and concerns two young persons, Fanny Hawthorn and Alan Jeffcote, who are discovered to have been having what would now be called a "dirty weekend" during their holiday, during the town's wakes week. Class is a major plot point in the play, Fanny is a mill-hand in the factory owned by Alan's father and their respective fathers once worked together before Mr Jeffcote senior rose to owning a mill, while Mr Hawthorn continued as a mill worker.
After initial reluctance on the part of Mr Jeffcote senior, and the outright opposition of his wife (who suspects Fanny of being a gold-digger), the families pressure the couple to get married. Greatly to the surprise of everyone (including Alan) Fanny refuses. She makes it clear that she regarded the dalliance with Alan as "a bit of fun" and considers him a poor choice for a husband. She is disowned by her people but expresses confidence that her skills as a weaver will allow her to support herself in future.
This friendly group enjoy getting together and revel in discussion on the aspects of the title. Welcoming new members on any date, so feel free to join at any time over the next year, you don’t have to attend them all.
Be assured of a warm welcome and a lively discussion, with no acting experience or speaking ability required!
11 Nov 2017
Opening Times: Open
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