|Blue Remembered Hills|
April 23rd - April 26th 2008
The second half of Stage-door's double bill was Blue Remembered Hills, written by Dennis Potter. Written originally for Television Blue Remembered Hills is a story about childhood, the "land of lost content" of Housman's verses. The characters are young children but Potter's twist here is that they are not played by child actors. Instead it is adult actors that fill the roles, giving that ripple to the surface of naturalism we expect from Potter. The child characters portrayed are aged sevenat about the same time Potter himself would have been that age in 1943 and the play is set in the area where he grew up, The Forest of Dean. It is not however, nostalgically autobiographical. His vision of the childhood of the 1940's is far from romanticised and provides a deep insight into the way the human mind and emotions work - at whatever age.
"Into my heart, an air that kills
From yon far country blows
What are those blue remembered hills
What spires, what farms are those?
That is the land of lost content
I see it shining plain.
The happy highways where I went
And cannot come again."
Willie - Dave Humphrey
Peter - Mark Roberts
John - Dave Knight
Raymond - John Perry
Angela - Lyndsey Bowen
Audrey - Fiona Humphrey
Donald - Marcus Carlisle
Director - Carole Davis
Stage Manager - Ricky Davey
Backstage Crew - Mike Gearing, Gary Boniface and Tony Makey
Lighting - Sholto Pringle-Pattison
Film Sequences and Sound Effects - Sholto Pringle-Pattison and Marcus Carlisle
Fight Choreography - Chris Davey
Set Design/Construction - Sholto Pringle-Pattison, Ricky Davey and Mike Gearing
Publicity - Micki Darbyshire and Dave Humphrey
Posters/Programs - Joy Covey and Tony Makey
Stage-door Best Performance Award - Marcus Carlisle (Donald)