Set in the winter of 1924/1925 and based on true events, A Pure Woman is a new play that tells the story of 84 year-old Thomas Hardy, his second wife Florence and the young Dorset woman who played Tess of the D’Urbervilles in the 1924 Hardy Players production.
Tickets only £5 for members of Live for Five.
Remarkably, the world premiere will take place in The Corn Exchange, the very venue where some of the pivotal events took place.
Poignant and elegiac, this love triangle touches on issues of ageing, marriage, the lingering influence of a former partner on a relationship and the regrets of women who have sacrificed their own ambitions for those of their husbands. Its fateful, Hardyesque themes will appeal to audiences of all ages.
Poonamallee Productions is a professional independent theatre and film production company. For the stage it produced the 10th anniversary production of Private Peaceful at the Tobacco Factory, the recent Arts Council funded UK tours of Michael Morpurgo’ s An Elephant in the Garden and also T oro! T oro!
Simon Reade’s previous touring plays include Pride & Prejudice and Private Peaceful as well as the screenplay for the feature film Journey’s End.
In this world première Thomas Hardy is played by Tim Hardy (The Trials of Galileo), Florence by Alison Reid (An Elephant in the Garden) and Gertrude by Katy Sobey (The Woodlanders).
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