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The Wednesday Play


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Hard Labour
The season of classic BBC plays from the 60s and 70s continues with this 1973 play devised and directed by Mike Leigh about the extraordinary cruelties woven into the everyday life of an ordinary English family. Liz Smith stars as a middle-aged housewife and charwoman, abused and exploited by everybody, including her daughter-in-law Veronica, played by Alison Steadman in a role that prefigures the monstrous
Beverley in Abigail's Party
Producer Tony Garnett


Directed By: Mike Leigh
Unknown: Liz Smith
Played By: Alison Steadman
Mrs Thornley: Liz Smith
JimThornley: Clifford Kershaw
Veronica: Alison Steadman
Edward: Bernard Hill
MrsStone: Vanessa Harris
Naseem: Ben Kingsley

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