REVIEW: Bracken Moor, Sheringham Little Theatre
- Credit: Archant
If you haven't heard of this play before, there's a good reason for that. This cracking piece of spooky storytelling, set in 1930's Yorkshire, first saw light just three years ago at London's Tricycle theatre.
It's the tale of a little boy who falls down a mine shaft and dies. His ghost appears years later, or does it?
Whatever the answer, it's perfect to get you in the mood for Halloween.
Being such a new piece of drama, however, has its drawbacks. Unlike other favourites of the amateur stage, the play has not yet found its feet away from those who originally developed it.
Playwright Alexi Kaye Campbell created his work with and for Shared Experience Theatre Company. Their work is not easy to emulate, and anyway, why would you want to?
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Any director worth their salt aims for a fresh interpretation. The trouble is, that Shared Experience's strong, expressionist performance style fits the melodramatic aspects of the work like a glove. Looking for an equally good fit is quite a teaser. A puzzle that director, Kirk Wills, does not solve.
The talented and highly watchable CSODS cast all inhabit a slightly different play according to their instincts and theatrical experience. Whereas this is slightly irritating, it does not fundamentally detract from the performances.
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Zachary Green as the dead boy's one-time best friend particularly shines.
The real star of the evening is not the ensemble, however, but the stories themselves, and the passionate emotions they unlock are enough to warm up any autumn evening.
The show runs until Saturday, October 15, at
7.30pm, with a 2.30pm matinee on Saturday.
To book, visit www.sheringhamlittletheatre.com or ring 01263 822347.