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The Hired Man

Melvyn Bragg, Howard Goodall

Full Length Musical, Drama  /  5f, 14m

"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

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  • Cast Size
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    5f, 14m
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)
Description
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.

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Cautions
  • Mild Adult Themes

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Details

  • Time Period: 1900-1910

Casting

5f, 14m
Cast Attributes
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Room for Extras

Music

  • Orchestra Size: Small/Combo

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15 Vocal Scores

Band Parts

Full Orchestra Score

Harp

Harpsichord

Amangamated Keyboard

Violin I

Violin II

Viola

Cello

Double Bass

Trumpet/Cornet

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Press

"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, London

"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

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Song Samples

Song of the Hired Man
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Fill it to the Top
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Now for the First Time
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Work Song
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Who Will You Marry Then
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Get Up and Go, Lad
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I Wouldn't Be the First
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Fade Away
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What a Fool I've Been
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If I Could
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You Never See the Sun
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What Would You Say to Your Son?
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The Union
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Farewell
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War
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No Choir of Angels
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The Re-Hiring
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Videos

  • The Hired Man: Original Cast Highlights

  • The Hired Man: Mercury Theatre Promo

  • The Hired Man: Audience Reaction

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Authors

Melvyn Bragg

Melvyn Bragg was born in Wigton, Cumbria, and educated there and at Wadham College, Oxford. His broadcasting career began at the BBC in 1961 and soon afterwards he published his first novel. He worked on the arts programme Monitor with Huw Wheldon in the mid-1960s; during this time he began writ ...

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Howard Goodall

Howard Goodall is an award-winning composer of choral music, stage musicals, film and TV scores, is well-known as a lyricist, author, music historian and broadcaster, and from 2007-11 was England’s first ever National Ambassador for Singing, leading a programme (

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