CRANFORD ... a sleepy village typical of so many
in England where nothing much happens — for
everything, depending on how you look at life.
This is the essence of the play of the same name
adapted by Martin Coleman from Mrs Gaskell's novel,
and last week's production by the Wesley Players
of Priory Church, Bedford.
All that separates Cranford from any other village
today is the date of the play, 1830.
The small world built up by clique of gossiping
women, with almost fanatical concern over etiquette,
and a definite rebuff of anything even slightly
risqué, has a familiar feeling still.
But as they say, there are exceptions to every rule.
And the village women get into a frenzy when they