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Nature’s Force and Fury

Thalia Theatre Company at the Playhouse, Norwich

Review published in Eastern Daily Press, 20 November 2008.

Nature’s Force and Fury

It was a welcome return to the Playhouse in their fifth annual show for local group Thalia who incorporate the work of differently abled people in the performing arts.

Nature’s Force and Fury was a timely exploration of climate change and the power of the elements with social comment through performance arts. It was a powerful message through a vibrant medium, a series of devised ideas and interpretations using movement skills.

The first half was a hypnotic and moving rendition of a storm using moving tableau and dramatic still images, with some accomplished rhythmic marching. The discipline and training that the arts demand was fully realised throughout.

The second half had its scene set by video footage of time-lapsed Norwich – a study of frantic life. Then it was wind farms, then rain, then trees, then wind-blown paper. Images, sound and movement in harmony.

Mention must be made of the sheer inventiveness of the music created by Yoghurt Collective which led, twisted and inspired the movement.

Impressive was how everyone devised, rehearsed and performed and supported each other. Thanks to whoever played us the Leonard Cohen album as we took our seats and in the interval. All part of a delightful and worthwhile evening.

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