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.
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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 Man, 89, was killed by lorry as he headed to his parents' grave
- 2 Norfolk seaside village third most sought-after in UK
- 3 'Absolutely horrific' - Girl, 14, kicked and punched in face in fight
- 4 The rise and fall of a beloved Norfolk wildlife park
- 5 What can't open in Norfolk on May 17 - and why
- 6 Go-ahead for eagles to be reintroduced to Norfolk
- 7 Former Primark store goes up for rent
- 8 1,000 people book for Norwich restaurant's 'back out to help out' offer
- 9 Ten Covid patients in Norfolk's hospitals means more restrictions should be eased
- 10 Part of A47 reopens after earlier accident
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.