May/June 2002

The Day After The Fair
by Frank Harvey



Directed by
Jan Ford

A Victorian melodrama with a
thoroughly modern resonance
Dunmow Observer

A Sparkling Gem
Braintree & Witham Times


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The Day After the Fair is based on Hardy's story "On the Western Circuit".  Anna, a young uneducated country girl is being 'improved' by her employer, Edith Harnham, a woman who escaped from her penniless state three years earlier to marry middle-aged bachelor Arthur Harnham.  For Edith, the childless and loveless marriage to Harnham, a brewer with no apparent interest in life outside his own business deals, is a dull one.

When Anna meets a young man at the local fair and strikes up a romantic acquaintance with him, her employer, mindful of the girl's lack of social grace and education, takes on the role of go-between, writing letters to the London based barrister on behalf of her wayward charge.  A well meaning interference, with tragic and dramatic consequences.



Letty and Arthur Argue over Edith's behaviour.



Letty.



Sarah teases Anna over her love letters.



Edith gives Letty money to distribute to her poor tenants.



Anna.



Edith writes the first letter to Charles for Anna.



Anna puzzles over what to write in the letter.



Edith and Arthur.



Edith.



Arthur begins to suspect all is not well with Edith.



Arthur.



Letty is unsympathetic to Anna's plight.



Edith.



Edith and Letty Argue over who is to receive Charles.



Edith discusses Anna's future with Charles.



Sarah.



Charles invites Edith to read "Anna's" letters to him.



Sarah teases Anna over her efforts to learn to write.



Edith and Anna agonise over their situation.



Edith and Anna realise they are both in trouble.



Letty receives the happy couple.



Edith, bereft, ignores Arthur's pleas for attention.

Cast

ARTHUR HARNAM:
EDITH HARNAM:
LETTY:
ANNA:
SARAH:
CHARLES BRADFORD:

      David Faithfull
      Diana Bradley
      Madeline Harmer
      Marcia Baldry
      Karen Ashton
      Adam Thompson