Salford Community Theatre Project

Love on the Dole

Starts: 05 July 2016 | 07:00 PM
Ends: 09 July 2016 | 07:00 PM

Islington Mill


The production will then walk to Bexley Square and finish in St Phillip's Church.

Walking route is approximate.



Based on the novel by Walter Greenwood.


Adapted by Sarah Weston


7pm: 5th-9th July


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.






Call: 07434873600





  • You will be required to stand during the first act and some of act 2. 
  • Scenes will happen all around the space. We encourage you to move to follow the story being aware of fellow audience members.
  • There will be an interval of strictly 15 minutes, patrons are encouraged not to leave the building.
  • During the final scenes of the show, all audience will be seated in St Phillip's Church.






SCT are committed to maintaining an accessible theatre experience for its audience members.




Due to the nature of the play audience members are expected to stand for Act 1 and some of Act 2, this will allow you to move and follow the performance in promenade.


The two sites of Islington Mill and St Phillips church both have wheelchair access.



Seating areas are available at both locations for disabled patrons. 


Islington Mill accommodates 4x wheelchair accessible areas which will also accommodate 1 accompanying person per wheelchair patron.



The venue will also accommodate up to 20 additional seated patrons in raised areas around the space. 


Please be aware these areas are strictly reserved for audience members with limited mobility and those who would experience discomfort from standing.




Please also be aware that due to the nature of the project you will be asked to move between two locations during the performance following a designated route. 


We will endeavour where possible to ensure access to the route is accessible to wheelchair patrons, but please be aware that there will be general outside obstacles to consider re curbs, cobbled areas etc.




If you feel you would be unable to complete the route as part of the performance please contact box office and provisions will be made to transfer you to the second performance venue.




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