Anna Of The Five Towns

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Arnold Bennett's powerful story of love, tyranny and rebellion set against the vitality and harshness of life in the Staffordshire Potteries in the late nineteenth century, dramatised by Helen Edmundson.

Brought up in the repressive tradition of Methodism by her miserly father, Anna Tellwright dreams of independence and freedom.

On coming of age she learns that she is to inherit a fortune and realises that she is loved by the charismatic Henry Mynors.

But with the money comes responsibility and a growing bond with one of her tenants William Price.

Anna....Charlotte Riley

Tellwright....David Schofield

Young Agnes....Emilia Harker

William Price....Michael Socha

Titus Price....James Masters

Henry Mynors....Lee Williams

Beatrice/Older Agnes....Rosina Carbone

Mrs Sutton....Olwen May

Revivalist....Andrew Westfield

Sarah Vodrey....Jacqueline Redgwell

Directed by Nadia Molinari.

Arnold Bennett's tale of love, tyranny and rebellion dramatised by Helen Edmundson.

Arnold Bennett's powerful story of love, tyranny and rebellion set against the vitality and harshness of life in the Staffordshire Potteries in the late nineteenth, dramatised by Helen Edmundson.

In Helen Edmundson's dramatisation of this classic Arnold Bennett novel Anna Tellwright tells the story of her one act of rebellion from the perspective of four years on with Anna now a pillar of the Five Towns Society, married to Henry Mynors and a child.

When a body is discovered at the bottom of a pit shaft Anna is shocked to discover that it is the body of Willie Price whom she believed had emigrated to Australia.

Moving back in time we see Anna as a young woman approaching her twenty first birthday, living with her tyrannical father Ephrahim and younger sister Agnes.

On her birthday Anna discovers that she is to inherit fifty thousand pounds and assets from her late mother's estate.

Among her properties is a run-down factory owned by Titus Price.

Ephrahim forces Anna to demand the rental arrears from Titus, but Titus has no means of paying.

Anna finds it unbearably difficult when she has to deal with his son Willie Price.

The charismatic and successful Henry Mynors courts Anna but her growing bond with Willie and her inability to make a religious conversion troubles her.

Anna will be forced to make a difficult choice.

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Arnold Bennett's powerful story of love, tyranny and rebellion set against the vitality and harshness of life in the Staffordshire Potteries in the late nineteenth, dramatised by Helen Edmundson.

Having inherited a fortune on her twenty first birthday Anna Tellwright begins to gain independence and freedom.

But on her return from an eventful holiday with the Suttons and Henry Mynors her joy is marred by some shocking news about one of her tenant's Titus Price.

Anna's growing concern for his son William leads her to a defiant act that threatens everything.

Anna....Charlotte Riley

Tellwright....David Schofield

Young Agnes....Emilia Harker

William Price....Michael Socha

Henry Mynors....Lee Williams

Beatrice/Older Agnes....Rosina Carbone

Mrs Sutton....Olwen May

Mr Sutton/Coroner....Jonathan Keeble

Sarah Vodrey....Jacqueline Redgwell

Directed by Nadia Molinari

Anna voyages to the Isle of Man with the Suttons where Henry proposes to her.

On returning home and receiving her father's blessing, the joy of her engagement is immediately marred by news that Titus Price has hanged himself.

Anna feels that she and her father are culpable, despite Henry's insistence to the contrary.

Anna sees Willie, who confesses that he has been involved in forgery.

Anna understands his desperation and does everything in her power to protect him and his father's reputation, risking her engagement and the wrath of her father in so doing..

Arnold Bennett's tale of love, tyranny and rebellion dramatised by Helen Edmundson.

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