Jonathan Livingston Seagull
This was a new venture for us at "Everybody's Reading Festival' in that it wasn't a play but indeed most appropriately a 'rehearsed reading'. With an interval the actual reading took about 1hr 20 minutes, a long time for a cast to concentrate as an ensemble to present the piece. The quality of their reading of the book was quite exceptional and the audience thoroughly enjoyed this iconic little piece and this was demonstrated by their enthusiastic applause at the end. Te reading was supported by a series of images illustrating the story projected on a back projection screen behind the performers and use where appropriate of music taken from a piece entitled 'The Lonesome Boatman' by Finbar Fury.
Superb! Amazing! were comments from members of the audience.
'Stage Left Theatre Workshop' was established in 2013 and in that time have produced some amazing theatre, but nothing better than last night's production of 'Hansel and Gretel'......Stupendous!!! Every performer was so professional in what they did.......and a captivated audience were bowled over by the power, and skill brought to the play. I remember with joy their 1st improvisation session for the play, where they speculated and wrote the words Ralf and Greta might have said as they planned to leave the children in the wood. Sitting in the audience last night I wanted the whole world to be able experience this amazing piece of physical theatre you have created. No professional company would produce work to rival what you have crafted. As I said I was so impressed by all your performances.......so many, the best members of the cast have ever produced........but none more so than the performances of Leah and Kathryn Palfreyman. There are no words to describe just how special they were........some of the best performances I have seen anywhere. These two performers are very special and Stage Left are lucky as a group to have had a part in their journey. I am in awe!!!
Lisa Wood's direction of the piece, ably assisted by Kevin Biddlecombe, was flawless and often inspired.