The Hired Man 2016


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Director: Paul Seddon • Music Director: William Branston

Show Dates: Wed 16th – Sat 19th November @7:30pm


at the Desborough Suite, Maidenhead Town Hall.

Cast List

John Tallentire – Mick Harris
Emily Tallentire – Eve MacDonald
Jackson Pennington – Chris Baister
Isaac Tallentire – Mark Wilkin
Seth Tallentire – Graham Weeks
Sally Edmondson – Hannah Stone
May Tallentire – Phoebe Wynne
Harry Tallentire – Harry Simmonds
Pennington – tbc
Joe Sharp – Charlie Seddon
Landlady – Jacqui O’Brien
Union Chairman – Mike Robinson
Ted Blacklock – Ray Higgs
Recruiting Officer – Geoff Lavers
Vicar – Chris Denton
Soldiers (War Song) – Ray Higgs, Max O’Brien, Greig Emmett, Chris Denton, Charlie Seddon


Set in Cumbria from 1898 to the 1920s, THE HIRED MAN is the story of the Tallentire family and their village community, who work on the land and in the mines, and hope to survive the WW1 battlefields. This powerful and uplifting musical is a collaboration between two of the country’s best-known writers and broadcasters. Melvyn Bragg based the story on his grandparents’ lives, and Howard Goodall’s music perfectly matches it, being inspired by English folk and choral music. A memorable experience awaits cast members and audiences alike.

Even more information can be found at Howard Goodall’s Website →