Based on Melvyn Bragg's stirring novel of rural and industrial working life early in the twentieth century, The Hired Man tells of one family's-- Bragg's grandparents'-- journey from land laborers to colliers and back to the land. The superb score is a marvelous succession of chorales, operatic duets and vigorous foot stomping rhythms.
"Bracing, rugged and exhilarating [with] splendidly original music." - Time Out
"Thoughtful and, on occasions, most moving...That rare thing: a folk opera of our immediate past." - Daily Mail
Melvyn Bragg's qualities as a novelist - humanity, idealism and a complex and highly articulate man's understanding of those who are simple and inarticulate - shine out from the musical." - Sunday Telegraph