Review: Forty Years On, Sheringham Little Theatre
- Credit: Archant
Forty Years On
Sheringham Little Theatre
Sheringham Players's directors Bernice Escott and Moya Leighton met playwright Alan Bennett at a book signing in Holt, and their inspiring exchange led to this show.
Bennett penned the script in the late 1960s and it includes some very funny parodies of great British writers, notably Oscar Wilde, T.E Lawrence, Virginia Woolf and Max Beerbohm.
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Each little sketch builds into a larger play following the memories and literary loves of a retiring headmaster.
John Standish as the venerable pedagogue is truly brilliant, not least because he manages to keep track of his speeches and the rest of the action on stage as well.
- 1 Londoners fined for travelling to stay at second home in Norfolk
- 2 Man in 20s dies and three hurt as Audi crashes into wall
- 3 'Fighting every shift' - intensive care nurse's harrowing Covid video diary
- 4 Met Office warns of snow at weekend
- 5 School shuts 20 minutes before opening time after staff Covid case
- 6 Staff lose jobs at retailer Outfit with plans to close permanently
- 7 'Extraordinary' outbreak of Covid in Norwich prison
- 8 Boss locked out of own salon after Covid 'vigilantes' glue door shut
- 9 A148 shut for 'most of morning' after serious crash
- 10 Military personnel deployed to help N&N cope with Covid pressures
Escott and Leighton's directing brings an effortless flow to the action which feels just right.
As the headmaster's story unfolds we hear tales of both the First and Second World Wars; and with Armistice day just gone the images of young boys off to fight had a special emotional charge.
The seventeen-strong cast really work their socks off and clearly love the material. This rare outing of Bennett's early play is a treat.