The play’s the thing


The theatre is excellent escapism. When you settle back into your folding chair, the lights dim and the curtains lift, you can be instantly transported to the world on the stage.

On Saturday 24 February, I went to the Norwich Theatre Royal with Mr Tall to see the final performance of Gallowglass, based on the novel of the same name by Ruth Rendell under the alias Barbara Vine, before it moved on to its next location.

I haven’t read the book on which the play is based, or indeed any Ruth Rendell, and had no idea what to expect. The book has been brought to the stage by the Middle Ground Theatre company, and runs for approximately 2 hours and 10 mins (excluding the interval).

Much of the ‘action’ was packed into the final 30 mins. Some might feel it was a bit rushed, but I enjoyed the slow burn of developing the characters, their relationships and motives, before bringing them all together in a tense and tragic climax.

I’d highly recommend going to see it. I thought the acting was terrific; I was particularly impressed with the father-daughter relationship portrayed between Paul Opacic and Eva Sayer.

I had moments that really chilled me, but if you’re looking for a mystery with lots of twists and turns, this one might not be for you.

Check out the Middle Ground Theatre Company’s website for details of upcoming performances.

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