Getting to Chipping Norton for this
Based on a book by Christopher Nicholson and adapted by Simon Reade, I had been looking forward to this adaptation originated at the
Hardy’s relationship with ‘Gertie’ and his troubled second marriage with
Tim Hardy gives a good representation of Thomas and Alison Reid does well as the increasingly sour and embittered
Hardy, famously pessimistic in outlook, viewed human nature as flawed. All fate begot was disappointment for most of his characters; ‘to be born at all is the primal misfortune’, as he says in the play. While I can’t discuss the intricacies of Hardy’s redemptive qualities and characterisation here; there were pitifully few signs of any happy endings or resolutions here. And we didn’t have the time and space to empathise much with the protagonists.
At times, I felt, as a member of the audience, that I had mistakenly spent an evening with a warring couple. Maybe the Hardys should have gone out alone