The Ballad of Mary Barton

Commissioned by Avon Touring
Small to medium scale touring, full-length - cast of 4

Synopsis: An adaptation of Elizabeth Gaskell's classic 19th century novel MARY BARTON.  John Barton is a poor millworker who becomes involved in illicit trade union activities.  His dressmaker daughter Mary is courted by Harry Carson, the son of John's employer, a wealthy mill owner.  Harry is murdered and Jem Wilson, her childhood friend, accused. Mary's allegiances and mettle are tested.  Set in Manchester and Liverpool, part tragedy, part romance, this sympathetic and truthful portrait of ordinary people in extraordinary times is told with the help of traditional ballads.

Production History
Year & Company
1988 - Avon Touring
Claire Grove
1989 - Chester Gateway Theatre
Laurence Honeyford
1995 - adapted for large cast production by Nottingham's Next Stage
Ava Hunt
1988 - Kay Purcell, Duncan Alexander, Steve Ashton, Ava Hunt
1989 - Michelle Archer, Anna Skye, Gary McKay, Steven Deproost