Review of The Hired Man at Oldham Coliseum

There’s something unavoidably artificial about musicals. Picture this: First world war soldiers struggle across no man’s land, seeking the safety of the trenches. Gunfire flashes illuminate their wearied faces. It’s all very reminiscent of the poignant final scene in Blackadder Goes Forth. Suddenly, the soldiers pop up, rifles in hand, and burst into song. If…