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Set in a small mill town in the 1930s in the middle of the Deep South of America, Carson McCullers' The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter is the story of Mick Kelly, a tomboyish girl who loves music and dreams of buying a piano. 

John Singer is a lonely deaf-mute who comes to stay as a lodger in Mick's house. No-one knows where he's from. A disparate group of people who live in the town are drawn towards Singer's kind, sympathetic nature: the owner of the café where Singer eats every day, an angry socialist drunkard, a frustrated Black doctor. Each pours their heart out to Singer, their silent confidant. And he in turn changes their disenchanted lives in ways the could never imagine.

Often cited as one of the great novels of 20th-century American fiction, Carson McCullers' prodigious first novel was published to instant acclaim when she was just 23. The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter explores loneliness, the human need for understanding and the search for love.

Cast

Mick Kelly...Coco Green

Bubber...Aaron Gelkoff

John Singer...David Bower

Biff Brannon...Michael S. Siegel

Jake Blount...Andonis Anthony

Alice Brannon...Laurel Lefkow

Portia Jones...Anna Jobarteh

Dr Benedict Copeland...Delroy Brown

Etta Kelly...Lily Green

Willie Copeland/Deputy Sheriff...Tachia Newall

Harry Minowitz...Eric Sirakian

Dramatised by Amanda Dalton

Directed by Susan Roberts

©2020 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd (P)2020 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd

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The polite and courteous John Singer scintillates in the story seen through the eyes of a young adolescent Mick

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