"There was the record of a pulsing life which had learnt too well, for its years, of the dust and ashes of things, of the cruelty of lust and the fragility of love." TH
A moving new adaptation of Hardy’s renowned tale of Tess Durbeyfield. Subtitled “A Pure Woman” by Hardy who loathed the sexual hypocrisy of the time, Tess is a cry of outrage at God’s indifference and humanity’s devastating need to crush what is beautiful or unusual, to destroy what they do not understand. Countless essay questions have been set as to who is the most to blame for the tragedy that is Tess – Alec D’Urberville who seduces her without consent, Angel Clare who wins her love and trust only to betray and reject her or her parents who naively call upon her to sacrifice herself for them thinking it will be without consequence for their child. Not for the faint hearted!
A first-rate young cast. A timeless and powerful story. These young actors did it full justice." Hammersmith & Fulham News