"What a fantastic evening! Your amazing adaptation covered it all. Congratulations to Anna O'Connor on her tremendous performance as well with no emotion spared." Mr & Mrs A Austin, Ruislip
"Very moving Tess. Good supporting cast too. We shall certainly recommend your productions to lots of other people: we are full of admiration!" Mr & Mrs D Kilsby, Milton Keynes
Subtitled “A Pure Woman” by Hardy who loathed the sexual hypocrisy and the "ache of modernism" of the time, Tess is a cry of outrage at God’s indifference and humanity’s devastating need to crush what is natural, beautiful or unusual, to destroy what they do not understand.
Countless essay questions have been set as to who is the most to blame for the tragedy that is Tess – Alec d’Urberville who takes advantage of her innocence and seduces her without consent, Angel Clare who wins her love and trust only to betray and reject her, or her parents who call upon her to sacrifice herself for them.
The thing about Tess, though, is that the central part of her story is incredibly, jaw-droppingly romantic and - at points - rather funny too. But it's not a tale for the faint-hearted... Our original adaptation of this beautiful, devastating story toured to Essex, Hertfordshire and London in Spring 2009 and ran in London in rep with Crime & Punishment in Spring 2010.
"There was the record of a pulsing life which had learnt too well, for its years, of the dust and ashes of things, of the cruelty of lust and the fragility of love."
"A first-rate young cast. A timeless and powerful story. These young actors did it full justice." Hammersmith & Fulham News