Poonamallee Productions present the world première tour of 'A Pure Woman', a new play by Simon Reade based on Christopher Nicholson’s novel ‘Winter' plays across England and Thomas Hardy’s Wessex this autumn and is heading to The Exchange as part of the Artsreach performance programme.
Set in the winter of 1924/1925 and based on true events, 'A Pure Woman' tells the story of 84 year-old Thomas Hardy’s affair of the heart with Gertrude Bugler and the jealousy it inspired in his second wife, Florence.
Gertrude was a young Dorset woman, in her 20s, who played Tess of the D’Urbervilles in the local Hardy Players’ production in Dorchester, adapted by Hardy himself. Florence, in her 40s, had been a muse to Hardy when she was his young secretary while his first wife Emma was still alive. Hardy’s apparent obsession with Gertrude drives Florence into a jealous rage.
Poignant and elegiac, this love triangle touches on issues of ageing, marriage, the lingering influence of a former partner on a relationship and the regrets of women who have sacrificed their own ambitions for those of their husbands. Its fateful, Hardyesque themes will appeal to audiences of all ages.
‘A Pure Woman’ has been dramatised by Simon Reade, who previously adapted Private Peaceful, Pride & Prejudice and the screenplay of Journey’s End.
Christopher Nicholson, author of the novel ‘Winter’ which inspired the play, will be signing copies of the book at this performance. Chris will also give a talk on ‘Winter’ in Sturminster Newton library at 7pm on Thursday 11 October.