The Hired Man

by  Melvyn Bragg, Howard Goodall

Full Length Musical, Drama  /  14m, 5f

"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

    Cast Size

    14m, 5f
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

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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Reviews

"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

Videos

  • The Hired Man: Original Cast Highlights
  • The Hired Man: Mercury Theatre Promo
  • The Hired Man: Audience Reaction
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Considerations

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

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Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1900-1910

Music

  • Orchestra Size: Small/Combo

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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Casting

14m, 5f
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Cast Attributes

  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Room for Extras

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Full Package

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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Authors

Melvyn Bragg

Melvyn Bragg

Howard Goodall

Howard Goodall

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