Preview: Love On The Dole


Based on the novel by Walter Greenwood.
Adapted by Sarah Weston.
The classic Salford novel Love on the Dole, performed with a local community cast and using locations from the original story.

They call it Hanky Park where men and women are born, live, love and die and pay preposterous rents for the privilege of calling the grimy houses ‘home’.

Following the story of Harry Hardcastle, a young engineer apprentice at Marlowe’s Engineering Plant, Love on the Dole captures the joys and hardships of working people’s lives in 1930s Salford. We watch Harry grow from boy to man, dealing with the spectre of unemployment, the frustrations of young love with no money in your pocket, and his first understanding of working class organization: the Battle of Bexley Square.

A new adaptation written for a community cast, this production has brought together over twenty local people to create this promenade performance. Using some of the actual real life locations described in the novel, the production brings Greenwood’s characters to life in Salford today, drawing parallels between the poverty described in the book, and the effects of austerity and cuts in 2016.

In July 2016, Salford Community Theatre will present Love on the Dole.