After a sell-out run of The Department Of Smelling Pistakes last year, Publick Transport return to the Nuffield Theatre in Southampton next week to attempt what the company call a ‘deeply relevant’ play about the state of the nation… and promise to fail magnificently.
They take a classic Charles Dickens novel, Hard Times, and give it a radical re-interpretation which (they say) bears no relation to the original whatever – boasting theatrical incompetence, petty squabbles and nervous breakdowns.
Entitled Very Hard Times, the production tackles the thorny issue of economic hardship by asking what happens when a hard-working, honest man can no longer afford to keep his wife in the style to which she has become accustomed.
· Performances will be in the Nuffield’s studio theatre on Monday and Tuesday (7.30pm).
· Tickets: (023) 8067 1771 or nuffieldtheatre.co.uk.