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A Substitute For Life

Sunday 3 January : 7.30pm

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Francis Kenworthy uses books to hide from an abusive upbringing when he is forced to face the reality of his family’s expectations in this dark Victorian thriller.

‘Books are good enough in their own way, but they are a mighty bloodless substitute for real life’.

Robert Louis Stevenson’s words resonate for Francis Kenworthy.

Born to affluence in the middle of the nineteenth century, Francis has always used books as a means to insulate himself from real life. Books can make him forget about the brutalities of his Victorian upbringing, but books can’t protect him when a family accident forces him to face reality and his responsibilities. The seeds of tragedy have been sown long ago; a violent outcome is inevitable.

Tim Hardy plays Francis Kenworthy in Simon Brett’s riveting dark Victorian thriller, directed by Alison Skilbeck.

Hardy’s one man Trials of Galileo by Nic Young received five star reviews in Edinburgh 2015 and was performed at The Swallow Theatre in 2017.

Simon Brett OBE FRSL is the author of the Charles Paris, Mrs Pargeter, Fethering and Blotto & Twinks series of crime novels. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and honoured with the CWA Diamond Dagger, the highest honour in British crime writing.

Duration : Approximately 50 minutes.

Recommended for age 14+ (contains adult themes)

absolutely spellbinding

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