Tug of Love (1985-1986)

Mile End Road
25 Nov 1985 - 31 Oct 1986
Age range: 9-11
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  • Adapted by Richard Hall

This ancient tale has, from time to time, reappeared in different forms throughout the world. It draws upon such stories as the Judgement of Solomon and Brecht’s Caucasian Chalk Circle.

A war leads a mother to abandon her baby in a fruitless attempt to save both her valuable possessions ans her own life. A young girl risks all to save the baby, for whom she struggles against all life’s hardships and dangers. When all is revealed, how should she be judged? Who is the ‘true’ mother?

The Tug of Love was performed in November 1985 and was subsequently performed in Autumn 1986.

You can access the script of this play via the British Library’s MPS Modern Playscripts Collection.

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Norman Goodman talks about Tug of Love and how the physicality and power of the piece really held the young audiences. Interviewed by Beccy Allen.

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