Saturday, October 21, 2017

Preview - Blue Remembered Hills - Royalty Theatre

Abbi Laidler, Peter Kelly and Nikki Slack
Credit: Royalty Theatre
Royalty Theatre to stage Blue Remembered Hills

The Royalty Theatre continue their 2017/18 season with a production of Dennis Potter’s Blue Remembered Hills.

Written for the BBC’s Play for Today series in 1979, the play follows a group of seven-year-olds, playing together on a summer’s day in 1943 in the Forest of Dean.  As with the television production, the children are all played by adults – magnifying the innocent, joyful and indeed darker aspects of childhood.

Director Lorna Breeze says, “When approached to direct Blue Remembered Hills I was very excited at the prospect.  Originally written for TV, bringing it to the stage could have been tricky but it’s been a delight to see it develop in rehearsals.  The cast have been marvellous and have enjoyed releasing their inner child – maybe a little too much!”

Abbi Laidler, Peter Kelly and Nikki Slack are among a cast following in the footsteps of such actors as Helen Mirren, Michael Elphick and John Bird, who starred in the original TV production.  Now a standard text for GSCE Drama, the play runs from October 30th to November 4th.

Tickets are available in person from the box office, payment by cash or cheque only - details of opening times can be found on the website.  Tickets can be bought online from Ticketsource . (Please note there is an administration charge for online or telephone bookings.) 

If Peter Kelly's performance comes anywhere close to his impromptu cover of the lead role in The Machine Gunners last season then this will be well worth a viewing! - DS

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