Sunday, October 8, 2017
Wycliffe Drama Group
Adapted from the novel by Mary Shelley by Richard Hill
The poet W H Auden wrote ”Those to whom evil is done, do evil in return”. This is the basis of Mary Shelley’s extraordinary gothic horror novel “Frankenstein”, written in 1818, when she was just 18. Viktor Frankenstein brings life to a creature made of body parts. He expects it to be better than mankind, filled with goodness. Sadly the Creature’s terrifying looks drive people to hate him and attempt to kill him and sadly he becomes an evil murderer. The play, put on by Lutterworth’s own Wycliffe Drama Group, was adapted from the book by Richard Hill, who also directed and produced it. Many congratulations to him.
It was gripping and terrifying but Russ Crooks, in his terrific portrayal as the Creature, conveyed his terrible sadness, and loneliness. His makeup was amazing (Andrea Nichol and Jane Clark deserve a special mention!)
This play was very well acted. The tortured Viktor, full of remorse, was Julian Mitchell and his distressed friend, Henry, was Xander Stone, in a polished debut performance. The blind girl, who so nearly saved our Creature, was beautifully played by Elizabeth White. Young William Winterton joined the WDG to play both Young Viktor and the poor little William. (An acting career could lie ahead for him!)
The group‘s experienced actors had key roles. Keith Parkin had gravitas as the kindly sea captain. Melanie Lee was the doomed Elizabeth, Viktor’s fiancée, loving, but helpless to help him. Ian Gibson was the old man who only wanted to protect his blind granddaughter, but added to the tragedy.
I possibly would not have chosen to watch a horror play but I trust the WDG, and they never disappoint—it was a fantastic piece of theatre, and thoroughly thought provoking. Well done to you all.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Monday, April 10, 2017
By Mary Shelley
5 – 7 October 2017
WDG’s autumn production will be a new stage adaptation by Richard Hill of Mary Shelley’s classic novel ‘Frankenstein’. Obsessed with creating life, Victor Frankenstein succeeds in creating a monster that threatens all he loves and stands for. This gothic tale, seen as being ahead of its time, explores the dilemma of the ethics of creating life and the consequences of this action. This famous novel, adapted many times for film and stage and influencing popular culture for almost 200 years, was written when Mary Shelley was only nineteen years old and was published anonymously in 1818. Actors playing Frankenstein over the years have included Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Christopher Lee, Robert de Niro and, most recently, Benedict Cumberbatch.
Sunday, April 2, 2017
Wycliffe Drama Group presents
Noel Coward’s Relative Values
You could expect a play written 66 years ago to have dated. Such is the wit and sparkle of Noel Coward’s dialogue that “Relative Values” still delights. Especially as staged by the Wycliffe Drama Group who rarely put a foot wrong with their productions. This light comedy may be about snobbish aristocrats and servants who know their place and want to stay in it, but Coward’s clever and funny lines, and the acting of this experienced group, caused gales of laughter in Lutterworth College.
The story tells of the dim Earl of Marshwood, (Russell Grant), who wants to marry a glamorous Hollywood film star Miranda Frayle, (Nic Campbell). This horrifies just about everyone, especially his mother Felicity, Countess of Marshwood, (Jane Clark) but also her butler and staff. Keith Parkin was born to play Crestwell the Butler and his performance was a tour de force. Even more upset about the forthcoming nuptials are Don Lucas, (Scott Cooper) Miranda’s fellow film star, and her long lost and unacknowledged sister, Moxie (Jo Cooper). Moxie just happens to be Lady Marshwood’s ladies maid and, obviously, cannot stay with Felicity and work for her own sister. Naturally! The fun begins as Felicity plots to get rid of Miranda to save her son from an unsuitable marriage and,(more importantly), keep Moxie All the cast supported well, even down to Liz White as the starstruck little housemaid, Alice, flummoxed by everything Crestwell says.
It was a long play at 160 minutes but there were no complaints from the satisfied and smiling audience.