Norfolk-based theatre company gets ready to tour two shows about love’s triumph over war

16:16 23 October 2014

Kiara Hawker and Paul Preston Mills rehearsing

Kiara Hawker and Paul Preston Mills rehearsing 'Walking the Road' with director Jim Rymer. Photo: Bill Smith

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Two Irish plays about love’s triumph over war are set to go on a tour of Norfolk and Suffolk.

Kiara Hawker and Paul Preston Mills rehearsing 'Walking the Road' with director Jim Rymer. Photo: Bill SmithKiara Hawker and Paul Preston Mills rehearsing 'Walking the Road' with director Jim Rymer. Photo: Bill Smith

Walking the Road by Dermot Bolger and Sea Lavender by Andy Hinds are being presented together as an evening of Irish theatre by Jim Rymer Productions, and the shows begin touring on October 22 at The Garage in Norwich.

Jim Rymer, who is originally from Dublin and was head of drama at Northgate High School in Dereham, said: “The shows are essentially a completely different look at war and the impact of war, but really they are love stories and they are about love’s triumph over war.”

Walking the Road is about Irish poet Francis Ledwidge’s final journey through the landscape of the First World War, while Sea Lavender is set during the 1689 Siege of Derry and has an unusual love triangle at its heart.

Mr Rymer, who is based in Fakenham, said: “They are beautiful plays and very Irish. The Irish culture is very different and they are a unique look at things, a unique perspective, and that is what we wanted to bring out. Both writers are very well known in Ireland but less so here and we wanted to promote these writers over here because they are extraordinary writers.”

Walking the Road stars Paul Preston Mills and Kiara Hawker while Sea Lavender stars Drew McKenzie. The shows are at: The Garage, Norwich, on October 22 and 23 (box office 01603 283382); Fakenham Community Theatre on November 8 (box office 01328 855172); Gresham’s School, Holt, on November 12 (box office 01263 713444); The Granary Theatre, Wells, on November 21 (box office 01328 710193); and The Seagull Theatre, Lowestoft, on November 29 (box office 01502 589726). All shows 7.30pm.

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