Sleeve Notes for The Paupers Path to Hope by Mick Ryan show The Pauper's Path cast
THE 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:-
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)
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
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
1 The Workhouse
2 Let Us In
3 This Is the Workhouse/ You Can't Have That
5 Locks and Bolts
6 Turn That Mill
7 Fire Against the Cold
8 Long Ago and Far Away
9 Free at Last
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