Date(s) - 10/05/2019
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
The Barony Players’ Spring 2019 production will be ‘Hobson’s Choice’, a Lancashire Comedy by Harold Brighouse and directed by Tom Keeble. It is set in Salford, Lancashire in 1880 and is a focused, comedic exploration of the changing status and expectations of women within late-Victorian society.
Prosperous Salford bootmaker Henry Hobson is a widower with three daughters. It’s 1880, change is in the air and Hobson, a man who stands for middle-class Victorian values, doesn’t like it one bit when his daughters – who work unwaged for him in the shop and do all the housework – get what he calls “uppity”.
Younger daughters Vickey and Alice have beaus they would like to marry, but Hobson is too mean to give them the dowry they need, and he has no intention of letting his eldest daughter, Maggie, slip through his fingers. He might call her an “old maid”, but even the lightly sozzled Hobson knows she’s the real brains behind the business. But Maggie has other ideas for her future and they include bootmaker Willie Mossop, who may lack education and confidence but knows how to turn out a fine pair of boots fit for the carriage trade.