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Performed in May 2009, this innovative musical play proved to be a challenging, but hugely rewarding experience. Our audience became part of an Oxfordshire village one summer's day in the 1880s, watching a typical day unfold before them - the women washing clothes, scrubbing floors, preparing vegetables, sewing etc., whilst their menfolk worked in the fields and finished their hard day in the pub.
The show was full of folk singing and dancing to a live band. Many of the audience were visibly moved, as the play made them recall their own and possibly their ancestors' childhoods.
Lark Rise was adapted by Keith Dewhurst from Flora Thompson's autobiographical account of growing up in an Oxfordshire village in the late 1880s, and was first performed in the late 1970s in the Cottesloe Theatre, London.