This Side Up, Stalham

KEITH CUTLER Stalham High School saw the start of a countrywide tour by the Riding Lights Roughshod Theatre Company from York, which sends two groups of actors touring simultaneously for 10 months of the year.

KEITH CUTLER

Stalham High School saw the start of a countrywide tour by the Riding Lights Roughshod Theatre Company from York, which sends two groups of actors touring simultaneously for 10 months of the year. They reach an annual audience of over 132,000 adults and children.

This group of four was young, versatile, enthusiastic and energetic.

In non-stop sketches they changed costumes on stage, and their only prop was a large table with extending leaves which turned into seats, or converted to a boat on the Sea of Galilee and when reversed and upended, served as a cross.

Their material is based on religious or moral topics, written in the vernacular, with occasional juvenile puns, and sometimes outrageously over-acted.

In more serious moments they were immensely impressive, as in their version of The Denial of Christ with Pethrow Gooden as Simon Peter.

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Andrew Bradley excelled as a none-too-penitent thief on the cross, finding himself in paradise.

The players employed a variety of accents, but Rebecca Kennedy and Ellie Woods were ideal in EastEnders-type roles.

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