Review: Lilies on the Land, Westacre Theatre
- Credit: Westacre Theatre
Charlotte Valori (@operissima) enjoys a charming look at the Second World War on the Home Front.
Unpacking their uniform boxes, new Land Girls were congratulated: 'You have made your home field your battlefield!'
Lilies on the Land offers a fast-paced flow of vignettes, anecdotes and memories harvested from verbatim accounts, voiced by a talented group of four young actors who turn their hands to a bewildering range of characters, donning and doffing different hats and accents throughout with faultless focus.
Stories of urban squeamishness at country life can get flat for a rural audience, but the spectrum of experience explored here - from the brutal to the comic, the humbling and miraculous - gradually builds into a rounded, impressive picture of the challenge Land Girls faced.
Some farmers were surly, but elsewhere hospitality, kindness and fun thrived despite adversity, thanks to American and Canadian airmen ('the best'), and their supplies.
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A charming glimpse of history.
Lilies on the Land continues to March 31
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- 2 Jack-knifed lorry shuts A148 as police issue ice warning
- 3 Atlantis Tower up for sale after owner signs ‘outrageous’ loan deal
- 4 9 of Norfolk's most famous blue plaques
- 5 Yellow weather warning for snow in place across region
- 6 Map reveals the most serious crashes on the NDR since it fully opened
- 7 Centre takes action after IT failure causes long queues for Covid jab
- 8 The secrets and scandals of a former Norwich hotel
- 9 Covid rates continue to fall across Norfolk, especially in Norwich
- 10 Out on the beat - we join police Covid patrol on the seafront