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National Trust themes for 2020 are Food and Here and Now (mindfulness)

Salt of the Earth Programme, which The New Hardy Players would have presented in Max Gate Gardens Wednesday April 29th. (had the weather been kind – which it most often is.)

The Salt of the Earth Programme includes;

Poems and Prose that contain images of Salt and of the Sea and others that celebrate ‘Salt of the Earth’ characters.  The kind and courageous.  Those who act decently.  Who work to improve the world and put food on the table, often at cost to themselves – and who flounder around trying to make sense of life and love as we all do.

Courtship Comes to Table, which The New Hardy Players would have presented in Max Gate Gardens May 2020.

The Courtship Comes to Table Programme includes;

Scenes of Courtship successful and unsuccessful that take place amid the drama of the dining table or where there is a sharing of food or drink.  Courtships at all stages, told in poetry and prose.

Fieldwork and Festivities, which The New Hardy Players would have presented in Max Gate Gardens June 2020.

Fieldwork and Festivities Programme includes;

Poetry and Prose looking at the lives of Agricultural workers who brought food to table and festivities that brightened their year.

Markets and Merrymaking Programme, which The New Hardy Players would have presented in Max Gate Gardens in July 2020 includes;

The business of gathering, buying, selling and getting foods to market, recounted in poetry, prose, song and memories, interwoven with merriment and a certain friskiness that comes with the arrival of warmer weather.

Conjuring and Corn, which The New Hardy Players would have presented in Max Gate Gardens September 2020.

Conjuring and Corn looks at grains and Bread, the staff of Life; of reading the weather and protecting crops told in poetry, prose, superstition and song and a celebration of September, when we so often enjoy the best of Summer at the beginning of Autumn.

Hard Times and Harvest, which The New Hardy Players would have presented in Max Gate Gardens October 2020.  Poems, prose and song of the celebrations and uncertainties of harvests and the hard times that too often followed.

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