Beyond The Breakers

Seagull Theatre, Lowestoft (on tour to May 28)

> Seagull Theatre, Lowestoft

“They got a bit of weather tonight” – prophetic words because the intrepid Seagull theatre patrons had to battle through a blizzard to see Beyond the Breakers, directed by Ivan Cutting about a fishing family who were also members of an RNLI lifeboat crew. We were not disappointed.

Hangdog (David Redgrave) is a lifeboatman of the old school and an even older fishing family.

In his day they fought hard for their place in the crew, weathered storms, sands and sea in their mission to save lives and never turned back.


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Excellent writing takes you through a docudrama of the history of the lifeboat from the old days of pull and sail through to the modern motor launches of today.

The drama was gripping, the humour ironic and very real, and the five cast (from Eastern Angles) all put in strong performances.

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Roger Eno and Pat Whymark arranged the music sympathetically, with the cast's harmonic folk-style singing blending beautifully, the use of a minimalist set effective.

A fast-moving production – well worth braving “a bit of weather” for.

t Beyond The Breakers continunes tours the region until May 28. Full details at www.easternangles.co.uk

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