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THE STARS LOOK DOWN
From the novel by A J Cronin
Freely adapted by Alex Ferguson
Northumberland Theatre Company open our Autumn season after an absence of twelve years with a physical theatre version of this classic 30s novel set in the North East.
A J Cronin’s uplifting family saga centres on a miner’s son who resolves to fight the profiteering that killed so many through underground accidents and starvation, and the injustice that wears down families and communities.
Davie Fenwick leaves his mining village on a university scholarship intent on returning to gain decent wages and conditions for the pitmen and better support the miners against the owners. But he falls in love with Jenny who gets him to marry her and return home as a local schoolteacher before finishing his degree. Davie finds he is ill-at-ease in his role, the more so when he realises Jenny still loves her former boyfriend. When he finds that his father and the other miners are going to have to continue working on a possibly deadly coal seam he decides to act…