‘Books are good enough in their own way, but they are a mighty bloodless substitute for life.’ Robert Louis Stevenson’s words have a particular resonance for Francis Kenworthy. Born to afluence in the middle of the nineteenth century, Francis has always used his love of books as a means of insulating himself from real life. Books can make him forget the brutalities of his Victorian upbringing, but books can’t protect him when a family accident brings him face to face with reality. The seeds of tragedy have been sown long ago, and a violent outcome is inevitable. A dark Victorian thriller by Simon Brett.



★★★★1/2 Bouquets and Brickbats

“Absolutely spellbinding”


OUTSTANDING SHOW FringeReview on The Trails of Galileo

"From the moment that Hardy delivers the first line we know we are in the hands of a consummate performer."



Written by: Simon Brett

Performed by: Tim Hardy

Directed by: Alison Skilbeck


Presented by: Hint of Lime Productions

Twitter: @HintofLIMEprod

Website: hint-of-lime.com

A Substitute for Life

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