presented by Charmed Life at the Fisher Theatre, Bungay
Review published in the Eastern Daily Press, 28 September 2016
‘Slyghtly Hystorical’ was the clever comedic, theatrical, fun nonsense staged by Charmed Life Productions to mark 10 years of Bungay’s reborn Fisher Theatre.
It’s an achievement well celebrated in play that raised a host of historical people with connections to this ‘fine town of renown’ who left their footprints on Bungay.
Tim Hall played David Fisher, the impresario out of his depth trying to stage ‘Hamlet’. Dawn Briggs was an earthy Boudicca, Josh Gould portrayed martyred King Edmund and a lofty Ethel Mann while Sarah Curtis was Eliza Bonhote and the Buttercross’s justice statue.
Lawrie Hammond was a swashbuckling H Rider Haggard and painter Munnings, Mark Burridge the hilarious love-sick French Vicomte Chateaubriand with Paul Baker as the splendid Baron Bigod.
Simon Hooton was Clay’s printers founder John Childs and Joe Edmunds the cute toothless Black Dog blamed for every mishap. 14-year old Ella Thompson-Ives is one to watch for the future – she played the contemporary world-weary teenager with style and energy.
Slyghtly hystorical indeed, with elements of postmodern time manipulation, physicality and romping entertainment, this reminded us just what a gem Bungay has in its theatre.