A Substitute for Life

Simon Brett
Assembly Hall

Tim Hardy

This solo performance features Tim Hardy portraying Francis Kenworthy, the younger son of a brutal 19th century aristocrat.

Surrounded by his library, books being A Substitute for Life, he languidly relates a tale of an almost unnoticed existence.

Under Alison Skilbeck's direction, Hardy relishes the language, stammering over every "b" and sounding eminently bookish.

What largely comes over as a description of lazy life amongst the landed gentry transforms in the latter stages, following a tragedy that the company has requested should not be detailed in reviews or by word of mouth.

The event makes the final minutes unexpected and thoroughly intriguing.

Reviewer: Philip Fisher

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