As each character emerged, warm recognition was obvious, with a buzz from the audience seated at tables with their wine, tea or coffee, and muffin (available from the back of the hall for a moderate price) before them.
Yes, it’s a good romp with lots of laughs, lovely music well sung and very good performances by all.
This is an emotional play with not too many dry eyes at times, but if a play and its performers can move you, make you laugh, make you cry, make you think, then a good job has been done.
This is a play well worth seeing and the audience bore witness to their enjoyment of it in their prolonged applause and happy chatter on the way out.
Terrestrial’s author (Fleur Kilpatrick) says in the programme notes that she dedicated her play to lonely girls, bored boys, to quiet towns and “to a landscape that looks like Mars”. She adds ”landscape informs how our trauma, confusion, illness or fear manifests itself”. It does in this play.
One of the most popular children’s stories ever adapts surprisingly well to the stage, and this large cast has a rollicking good time telling it.
The story is a rich examination of a turbulent period of British Society from the 1880’s to the present day.