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Too Much Succulence Mr Hardy

Played by an actor for the film Love Lies a Bleeding

Hardy leaving his house at Max Gate, Dorchester

Hardy designed the stone himself


Parts played by Isaac Woodward and Alice Ralph

Angel and Tess running from the law

Played by an actor for Love Lies a Bleeding

Hardy writing Tess of The D'Urbervilles




Tess and Angel in the distance
Played by Isaac Woodward and Alice Ralph

Angel and Tess surrounded -

Thomas Hardy, poet and novelist, and his wife Emma are struggling with their marriage. Emma's irritation is not wholly unfounded as Hardy is becoming increasingly self-absorbed in the writing of his latest novel, 'Tess of the D'Urbervilles'. The first chapters of the novel are rejected by his publishers and so starts Hardy’s battle with Victorian hypocrisy.  His relationship with his heroine Tess is more intimate than with his wife Emma in spite of her effort and willingness to help him in the edit. Jealousy eats away at Emma and for Hardy fiction and reality sometimes become indistinguishable.

But Hardy takes on the establishment and gains more and more in popularity as 'Tess' in spite of its criticism or because of it becomes a best -seller. 

Set in both London city and rural Dorset ‘Too much Succulence Mr Hardy’ charts the rise of Hardy as a novelist and the demise of his marriage to Emma. Where does the fame so longed for by Emma leave?

A Shop Keepers's Lot

Parts played by Carina Clarke and Nick Toop

Martha and John Brown - That fateful night

The Trial of Martha Brown

The Walk to the Scaffold

The Jury at the trial of Martha Brown

She needed to be somebody

She needed to be respected

She needed to be loved


Elizabeth Martha Brown  blamed herself but the times she lived in would always  be against her

Set in the mid 1800's Martha is a tragic story of love, passion, hypocrisy and injustice

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