Roots drama at Sheringham highlights rural family life

A classic 'kitchen sink drama' set in a Norfolk fenland home in the 1950s combines serious themes with earth humour.

Arnold Wesker's Roots tells the story of Beatie Bryant returning home on holiday from a spell in London and trying to impose her intellectual boyfriend's ideas on her 'set in their ways' family.

Paston College student Louise Waller plays Beatie in the Cromer and Sheringham Operatic and Dramatic Society production.

The 17-year-old who is studying A levels including drama and theatre, said: 'Beatie is a strong and dynamic character. The fact that she's so opinionated and passionate is what makes her such an enjoyable and demanding character to play.

'The play addresses many issues of society, both local and national; which still apply today, such as the impact of the commercial world on people. It gives the play an overall timeless quality, which is what I think helps it remain a successful piece of theatre still today.'

Roots is part of a trilogy of plays by Wesker - one of the best known 20th century writers, based on the people he got to know while working in Norfolk in the 1950s, It is considered one of the most important dramas of its time.

It runs at Sheringham Little Theatre, directed by Simon Thompson, from October 19-22 at 7:30pm, with a 2.30pm matinee on the Saturday. Tickets Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday matinee �8.50, Friday and Saturday evening �9.50 via the box office on 01263 822347.

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