Scunthorpe Plowright Theatre review by Selina Maycock: Love on the Dole by Appleby-Frodingham Theatrical Society
A classic story of love and poverty will warm your heart is being performed at the Scunthorpe Plowright Theatre in Laneham Street.
The show Love On The Dole, performed by members of the Appleby-Frodingham Theatrical Society tells the story of a young girl trying to keep her family afloat after her father and brother lose their jobs.
As the protagonist Sally fights to keep her family together, she meets a range of people and has to choose between getting a job or falling in love with a political activist.
The scenery transports the audience into the front room of a typical family, who is struggling to make ends meet. The costumes portray the era perfectly and the accents are well spoken.
The play is superbly directed by Sallyann Parratt. The characters are loveable and among those with the best humour are Mrs Jike, Mrs Doorbell and Mrs Bull, who play the stereotypical busy bodies.
It is refreshing to see the confidence among the younger members of the society and there is no doubt that they will go from strength to strength.
I particularly liked the use of the auditorium to enter the stage as you always feel more absorbed in the storyline.
The play is similar to a drama and is captivating from the very beginning. Lots of people can relate to the narrative and I am sure this will lead to its success.
The story is adapted from Walter Greenwood’s heralded novel, which looked at unemployment in Salford in the years after the General Strike of 1926.
Emilie McCleave plays a very strong role as leading lady Sally Hardcastle and you immediately take to her. Her independence to do what she needs to in order to get by is admirable.
The feelings of the characters and their tribulations mould into the feelings of the audience, and when they feel sorrow, you can’t help but follow suit.
There are moments of joy too and, like in real-life, for every problem, there is always a solution.
The show runs at the Plowright Theatre from now until Saturday, October 27. It starts at 7.30pm and tickets are £9 or £8 with concessions. For tickets, call 0844 8542776.