PAST SHOW: Shooting Truth, performed in April 2017
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“Congratulations to the Cast and Crew on your first production. Strong work. Look forward to seeing how your Youth Theatre Company develops. Exciting.”
Mandy McKenna, Feast Theatre Company
“Such an exciting play and very thought provoking. What a wonderful choice to produce that with a young cast. A splendid and very professionally executed piece of theatre.”
Felicity, audience member
“I was gripped throughout the whole piece. I look forward to the next showcase of talent this young company offers.”
Franco, audience member
Shooting Truth: a review by an audience member, April 2017
“…this youth theatre company has accomplished the play with sheer talent and commitment, with not a wave of a magic wand in site.”
As a theatre professional, I enjoy supporting local theatre made here in the rural parts of Norfolk but I have to admit I attend youth theatre productions with a precursor on my expectations. Sometimes youth productions all blur into one. My evening as an audience member of Shooting Truth, performed by North Norfolk Youth Theatre, threw my theory deep down into the well.
A sparsely lit world, full of shadows was created as the action drifted seamlessly in and out of the modern day, where a group of students were making a film about a witch; to the seventeenth century where the real suspect witch, only young herself, was bullied and threatened and then put on trial by teenagers of her own age.
There were powerful performances from all cast members but mention must go to Tali Brandish-Rouse, who played Freya, the young girl accused of witchcraft. Tali played the role with energy, developing the character from the dragoonised soul of the beginning to a tormentor herself, placing herself in a very dangerous position, with some lines seething through gritted teeth and other lines exposing vulnerable inner thoughts. A memorable exchange took place between Freya and her grandmother (played by Mollie Walton) which exposed the dangerous world that these oppressed women had to survive in during the 1600s.
Vulnerability was also exposed by Alice Portway, who played Alice, a quiet girl from the modern day to becomes the star of the film until she meets an almost like-for-like end just as her seventeenth counterpart did. The rest of the cast brought us these two worlds and merged them together well. Connor Worby played a frustrated film director assisted by Lauren Balls who’s character jumped to life at the mentioned of blood and gore. My congratulations also extends to the production team for supporting these young actors of the future.
Molly Davies had written Shooting Truth for the National Theatre’s Connections Festival of 2011 and it presented a play that seemed fit for the day in 2017, when the world is talking about acceptance and hearsay of strangers. Davies had weaved in two dramatic stories – with powerful messages about identity, trust and self-belief – and this youth theatre company has accomplished the play with sheer talent and commitment, with not a wave of a magic wand in site.
a play by Molly Davies
Took place on Wed 5 April 2017 at 7.30pm
The Atrium Theatre, Spenser Avenue, North Walsham
Free admission (donations welcome)
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About the play
A group of young people of back and beyond rural Norfolk decide to put a suspected witch on trial whilst another group, 400 years later, begin to film their reenactment, but nothing runs smooth when the two girls meet…
The play was originally written for The National Theatre Connections Festival and marks NNYT’s debut performance.
[Run time: 50 mins]
About the author
Molly Davies is a British playwright originally from Norfolk but now living in London. Her debut play A Miracle was staged at the Court from 27 February to 21 March 2009. The play met with instant acclaim from critics. Evelyn Curlet wrote in The Stage, “Davies writes with punch and panache and has made a spare, powerful debut”, Charles Spencer wrote in the Telegraph that “this proves a shattering full-length debut” and Dominic Maxwell awarded a 4 star review, saying Davies was “another striking success from the Court’s new writers season”. A Miracle received strong reviews in several other UK newspapers and Davies was longlisted for the award for Most Promising Playwright in the 2009 Evening Standard Awards.
In 2014 Davies’s play God Bless the Child was staged at the Royal Court, directed by Vicky Featherstone and with a cast including Amanda Abbington and Julie Hesmondhalgh.