A Substitute for Life


Tim Hardy in Simon Brett’s riveting one-man play.


£12/ £10 Conc

Fri 22 July 2022, 6pm
Sat 24 July 2022, 4:30pm
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Running Time: 45min no Interval

Suitable for Adults and Age 12+

'Books are good enough in their own way, but they are a mighty bloodless substitute for real life’.

Robert Louis Stevenson’s words resonate for Francis Kenworthy, played by Tim Hardy in Simon Brett’s riveting one-man play.

Francis has always used books to hide from reality and help him forget the brutalities of his Victorian upbringing, but a family accident forces him to face real life. The seeds of tragedy have been sown long ago; a violent outcome is inevitable.

Hardy’s one man 'The Trials of Galileo' by Nic Young, which received five star reviews in Edinburgh Fringe, is also performing at the same venue


‘Absolutely spellbinding’

★★★★1/2 Bouquets & Brickbats

'Unexpected and thoroughly intriguing.'

British Theatre Guide

'Clever and well-conceived'

The Stage


The Rotunda Theatre, 

Venue 33k, Bowling Green,

Pavilion Gardens, Buxton, 

SK17 6BE

Creatives, Cast & Crew

Starring Tim Hardy
Written by Simon Brett

Directed by Alison Skilbeck

Presented by 

Hint of Lime Productions