Of Mice and Men
> Norwich Playhouse
This was a show of beautiful, dream-like effects and accurate, low-key acting by a company of special-needs performers, whose skills were truly impressive.
I did feel, however, that despite the technique, the story had got a bit lost.
Some might argue that there is not much plot in Of Mice and Men anyway: it's a meandering, gentle tale of two ranchers, the great outdoors and the stars over their heads - a tale famous for the way it's written more than for what it's about.
And the poetic effects of the prose came to life: projections lit up the stage with swaying leafy images; dreams literally evaporated to reveal the harsh light of reality and yes, there were sheets of stars too.
Some might say, on the other hand, that the story is paramount.
- 1 Norfolk village named among poshest places to live in the UK
- 2 A47 reopens after serious crash
- 3 Meet the man behind a morbid new craze
- 4 New operators take over at council-owned leisure centre
- 5 Air ambulance called after three people seriously injured in A47 crash
- 6 Should cars be banned from Norwich's steepest hill?
- 7 Norfolk pub gets booked up every Sunday for its roast dinner platters
- 8 Long stretch of A47 closed overnight due to crash
- 9 Custom-built six-bedroom home with indoor slide on the market for £900,000
- 10 Norwich venue offering Afternoon Cheese and it looks incredible
The tale of the man who strives for his dreams but is prevented by the frailty of the flesh is one we all want to hear.
We want that sense of empathy, so that when George finally has to make the choice to kill his handicapped friend out of compassion, thus putting paid to both their dreams, we're there with him in our imagination, holding the gun to the man's head, and wondering whether to pull the trigger.
Perhaps the story will find its way back during the tour.