The Exorcism

Sheringham Little Theatre

Sheringham Little Theatre

Fancy an old-fashioned night in?

Then pop over to the Little Theatre at Sheringham for a night out with a difference.

The Exorcism is a tiny play with one set on the tiny stage, just four actors playing friends meeting for a celebration dinner.

But the ordinariness hides a big, big theme that will have kept the good burghers of Norfolk who were there, talking late into the night over…

Well I cannot spoil the plot, but my partner and I were deeply moved by the impressively polished and

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co-ordinated acting from the quartet.

Peter Howell, chairman of the Cromer and Sheringham Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society, seemed to have pinched the plum part in the drama and he certainly gave his role a wonderfully cynical sheen.

But, as the story unfolded, Martin Rodwell grew in stature as the working class lad not totally comfortable with having made good.

Mr Howell's stage wife, the elfin Janet Hignett, skilfully unveiled the depth in a character that at first seemed to be overshadowed by her worldly-wise partner.

Yet the minor part at the start, Chrissie Robertson, playing the homely host, showed us the power of fine acting in a climax that hushed even the breathing of the audience.

Four superb talents, beautifully directed by Martin Howard.

Altogether, a rather special night out.

So long as you're not claustrophobic, or nervous, get over to Sheringham and treat yourself to a real theatrical experience.

Roger Haywood

The Exorcism runs until Saturday, February 25. Further details at