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Wed 31 October to Thu 1 November
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Very Hard Times is a comedy of 'things going wrong', using melodrama as a springboard to explore hilarious dramatic situations and performance styles. An obsessive writer-director has recruited two friends (a street performer and an out-of-work actress) to help him stage an obscure melodrama which he misguidedly believes has suddenly become ‘relevant’ in today’s economic climate.Opening as a deadly serious allegory of the banking crisis, the play soon begins to creak under the weight of the laboured topical references and inappropriate narrative devices that the writer-director has used to make it more zeitgeisty, while he himself turns out to be an overbearing control freak. This all proves too much for the other company members to bear; mutiny, followed swiftly by anarchy, breaks out, and only through the gentlest massaging of egos is catastrophe averted and a course finally steered back to that is satisfying to all parties.Age recommendation: 11+
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