Theatre review: Merrily on High, Wells Maltings
- Credit: Supplied by fEAST
Live theatre! Reduced audiences, masked, slightly chilly, distanced from neighbours – and yet the natural animal warmth of being in the same space with proper actors performing – acting, revives spirits. What a treat!
Merrily on High is fEAST Theatre’s latest offering, and it has brought good live theatre back to Wells Maltings. Starting on December 18 and concluding on December 19, there were three original acts, two written by Rob John and one by Robin McLoughlin.
First on was O Come Let us Adore Him by Mr John, with artistic director and producer of fEAST, Dawn Finnerty, playing Su, a desperately lonely lady fantasizing about the principal man in her life, the postman.
Creating successions of romantic scenarios around a remote acquaintance, her loneliness echoes a great deal of our own lockdown experiences.
Next, Mr McLoughlin’s Comfort and Joy was played with great verve by Owen Evans, giving us a taste of seasonal scariness as he gives us us a grimly sinister Santa with a true taste for serious crime.
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Finally, Mr John’s The Triumph of the Skies. This is a real triumph, with a wonderful young actor, Sam Thompson playing Adeb, waiting for his best friend, a childhood school buddy.
They meet annually and serenade their small Norfolk village with Christmas carols. This play encompasses so much - from growing up in modern rural Norfolk, to modern technology, the educational and class system, all in sparkling dialect; it is feisty, humorous, tender and a truly successful performance.
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- 6 Streets of Norwich packed as lockdown rules ease
- 7 Lanes closed after lorry hits A47 central reservation
- 8 Eight pints pulled in first three minutes as pub's 'happy hour' returns
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- 10 Boss says sorry for fake worker's 'vile' comments about Prince Philip
Viva live theatre!
*Merily on High concludes Saturday, December 19. See www.wellsmaltings.org.uk for more.