Nan

BY JOHN MASEFIELD
2 May 2007 — 2 June 2007

Nan by John Masefield is a world away from the usual conception of Edwardian drama. It is set in 1810 on a small tenant farm in a village by the river Severn, where Nan lives with her uncle and his wife. Nan’s father has been hanged for stealing a sheep, but tonight there is to be party where there will be dancing to the violin of Gaffer Pearce, and the possibility of love is in the air.

John Masefield is primarily known as a poet, he became the Poet Laureate in 1930, but this play, first directed by Granville Barker in 1908, is an enormously powerful play, a peasant tragedy of Greek proportions.