26th Apr, 2017

Potter classic of far off days

Rob George 20th Apr, 2017

THEATRE lovers are invited to step back in time with the Swan Theatre Amateur Company’s (STAC) latest production

Dennis Potter’s play Blue Remembered Hills will be staged by the group at the Swan’s Vesta Tilley Studio from Tuesday (April 25) to next Saturday (April 29) at 7.45pm.

The play relates the activities of a group of seven-year-olds on a summer afternoon during the Second World War during the days when children roamed the countryside free from adult supervision – but was this always as idyllic as we might think?

The children – all played by adults – fight, fantasise, play and swagger as they try to make sense of the world around them.

Peter bullies Raymond, encouraged by Willy but challenged by the fair-minded John. Audrey is over-shadowed by Angela’s prettiness and wreaks her angry frustrations on the boys.

All of them gang-up on the miserable, abused ‘Donald Duck’ with tragic results as the children and their world become a microcosm of adult life.

Director Jane Lush said: “The main challenge with this production is getting our actors to think, speak and move like seven-year-olds so that the audience will see the story unfold through their eyes.

“It is quite hard to forget the knowledge that adult experience normally brings to a role, but this is what they need to do, with some interesting results,” she added.

The play is now a standard text for GCSE Drama in Great Britain.

Tickets priced at £10 (£8 concessions) are available through Worcester Live Box Office on 01905 611427 and at The Swan Theatre from 45 minutes before the start of each performance.