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The Paupers Path to HopeTHE PAUPER'S PATH to Hope.


A folk opera, celebrating the extraordinary resilience of ordinary people.


By Mick Ryan.


Another folk opera by the author/composer of 'A Day's Work', 'The Voyage', 'Tanks For The Memory' and 'The Navvy's Wife'. Through original song, music, verse, monologue and dialogue, 'THE PAUPER'S PATH to Hope', tells the stories of  seven people forced by circumstance to enter the dreaded workhouse of the nineteenth century, but able, by courage and determination to escape its clutches.


This latest offering from Mick features:-


Mick Ryan
Paul Downes
Roy Clinging
Heather Bradford
Judy Dunlop
Maggie Boyle
Phoebe Kirrage

Description


Programme - 'THE PAUPER'S PATH to Hope'


Words and Music by Mick Ryan


Directed by Mick Ryan


Musical Direction by Paul Downes and Mick Ryan


Brass arrangements by Paul Downes


THE SONGS   (All Words and Music by Mick Ryan, except as indicated)


PART ONE


1) 'The Workhouse' ……………………………….……...…All
2) 'Let Us In' (Music - Ryan and Downes)…………………All
3) 'This Is the Workhouse' ………………………………….The Workhouse Master
4) 'You Can't Have That' (Music - Trad. Adapted)…………All
5) 'Time' …………………………………………………….Helen
6) 'Locks and Bolts …………………………………………Mark
7) 'Turn That Mill' ………………………………………….Richard
8) 'Fire Against the Cold' ……………………………………Mark, Jane, All
9) 'Long Ago and far Away' …………………………………Richard and Jane
10) 'Free at Last' ………………………………………………Mark and Helen
11) 'Who?' …………………………………………………….Mary
12) 'My Child' ……………………………………………….Jane
13) 'The Workhouse Child' (Part One) ………………………A Workhouse Child
14) 'Work! Work! When's It Gonna Stop?' ………………….Mark, All
15) 'Industry, Usefulness, Virtue' ……………………………All


PART TWO


1) 'In Their Eyes' (Music - Ryan and Downes)…………Mark, All
2)'The Vagrant's Song' (Music - Ryan and Downes)……A Tramp
3) 'The Union' (Part One) ………………………………All
4) 'Do You Remember?' ………………………………..Richard and Jane
5) 'A Jolly Good Job' ……………………………………Mark and Helen
6) 'That's My Story' …………………………………….Mary
7) 'Down Among the Dead Men' ………………………A Tramp
8) 'The Union' (Part Two) ………………………………All
9) 'The Workhouse Child' (Part Two) …………………A Workhouse Child
10) 'No-One Saw Me' …………………………………..A Workhouse Child
11) 'Is That You?' ………………………………………Richard, Jane, Mary, Tramp
12) 'Where Shall I Go?' …………………………………Mary
13) 'The Path to Hope' ………………………………….Mark and Helen
14) 'Home' ………………………………………………All
15) 'The Pauper's Path' ………………………………….All

Track Notes


1 The Workhouse




2 Let Us In




3 This Is the Workhouse/ You Can't Have That




4 Time




5 Locks and Bolts




6 Turn That Mill




7 Fire Against the Cold




8 Long Ago and Far Away




9 Free at Last




10 Who?




11 My Child




12 The Workhouse Child (Part One)/ Work! Work! When's It Gonna Stop?




13 Industry, Usefulness, Virtue




21 In Their Eyes




22 The Vagrant's Song




23 The Union (Part One)




24 Do You Remember?




25 A Jolly Good Job




26 That's My Story




27 Down Among the Dead Men




28 The Union' (Part Two)




29 The Workhouse Child (Part Two)




30 Is That You?




31 No One Saw Me




32 Where Shall I Go?




33 My Home




34 The Path to Hope




35 The Pauper's Path