And a Nightingale Sang, Norwich
CHRISTOPHER SMITH Neville Chamberlain announcing war in our time and the wail of a siren sketch the background for CP Taylor's chronicle of a northern Catholic family.
Neville Chamberlain announcing war in our time and the wail of a siren sketch the background for CP Taylor's chronicle of a northern Catholic family.
At the piano John Barnett plays Vera Lynn songs to set the mood, a mix of nostalgia and real regret.
The scenes are introduced by brief narrative passages in the past tense. They remind us all this is history. The dialogues have an uncanny accuracy in their endless meanderings and inconsequentialities, as well as a certain fruitiness.
There are six strongly drawn characters who director Trudy McGilvray handles neatly, using the oblong stage to keep the action flowing, and a lot of period detail is recreated with loving care.
The lighting seems dimmer than it need be except for the the air-raid shelter episode.
- 1 Norfolk village named among poshest places to live in the UK
- 2 What is this mystery tower that has sprung up in Norwich?
- 3 Couple explores Norfolk homes in Escape to the Country
- 4 Pub landlord threatened to kill man he chased through streets with axe
- 5 Seven Sprowston neighbours scoop £30,000 lottery win
- 6 Asteroid bigger than any building on Earth to be visible in Norfolk skies
- 7 'Ghetto' fears raised over scheme for 725 new homes
- 8 Should cars be banned from Norwich's steepest hill?
- 9 'Fantastic, loving, cheeky' 19-year-old killed in motorbike crash
- 10 Drunk student crashed into hotel wall on way home
This is a play of brief encounters for young people struggling to cope emotionally.
Grandpa, a veteran of 1914, has learned cynicism which stands him in better stead than father's communism or mother's faith. The girls muddle through, trying to create lasting relationships.
t And a Nightingale Sang continues at the Sewell Barn Theatre until Saturday February 15. Box office: 01603 666332.