Blue show at Talisman

By IH 05/03 Updated: 05/03 15:33

CHILDHOOD laughter and lost innocence meet in Blue Remembered Hills at Kenilworth's Talisman Theatre.

Dennis Potter's classic tells of the meetings, the joys and private tragedies of five boys and two girls during one war-time summer's afternoon.

Easy-going Willie (John Francis), bully Peter (Michael Barker), forthright John (Rod Wilkinson) and stammering Raymond (Des McCann) meet while hunting a squirrel. They are joined by pretty Angela (Julie-Ann Dean) and the robust Audrey (Chris Ives) who have left Donald (Peter Gillam) sobbing and heart-broken in an old barn.

The afternoon builds as the boys vie for supremacy and the girls manipulate the boys for their own ends. As the children's games become more and more fraught.

Potter wrote the piece as a television play but it was soon adapted as a stage play and has gained an enviable reputation as a play both for audiences and actors.

One of the major challenges for those performing is all the cast are seven year olds but must be played by adults. Potter's reasoning was that although the play is about childhood, the themes of friendship, betrayal and happiness were too easily lost when played by children

The play is directed by the experienced Steve Smith whose recent shows have included Camping, Cleo, Emanuelle and Dick, Glorious and The 39 Steps.

The show runs from March 5 to 10, starting at 7.30pm. Tickets are available from the box office on 01926 856548 and cost £6 Monday, £8 Tuesday to Thursday, £8.50 Friday and Saturday.

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