1934, small-town America. Two young women, Karen Wright and Martha Dobie, have followed their dreams and spent all their savings converting an old farm into the Wright-Dobie School for Girls. Now, happily running a highly-regarded educational establishment, Karen and Martha’s thoughts turn to their long-term future, including Karen’s forthcoming marriage to Dr Joe Cardin.
However, neither Karen nor Martha have banked on Mary Tilford, a manipulative and vindictive 14 year-old pupil at the school. Mary is the undisputed leader of a close-knit band of teenage cronies, bound to her through fear and awe. After a reprimand from Karen, Mary’s anger boils over and she plots revenge. Weaving a web of lies and deceit, Mary indiscriminately preys on family and friends as she pursues her vendetta.
The Children’s Hour is a gripping account of how destructive lies delivered by a consummate schemer can convince the most honest and sensible individuals, poisoning their perceptions with terrifying consequences.
The play was groundbreaking in its day and has enjoyed several successful revivals, most recently with Keira Knightley in London’s West End. Talented actors from both the adult and youth Next Stage companies are delighted to bring The Children’s Hour to Bath audiences, with Poppy Harrison as the duplicitous Mary and Joanna Bowman as her grandmother, Amelia Tilford.
Imagine The Crucible crossed with The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and you will see why The Children’s Hour has received such rave reviews - don’t miss it!