Review by Chris Constable:
Going to the theatre, even an outdoor theatre, is a whole new experience in lockdown. Social distancing has to be maintained and on arrival at Ebbingford Manor two of the actors, equipped with 2m long sticks, were showing people to their spaces on the grass. In fact, we preferred this to previous outdoor theatre trips as we had more space around us and it made it easy to see the stage.The show was great fun. There was interaction with the audience, my husband was “picked on” early on. Three Sherlock Holmes stories were inter-twined and there were anagrams for the audience to solve in order to locate Professor Moriarty. Unfortunately a large group (murder?) of crows found that the play disturbed their normal roosting site, but the actors managed to ad lib this into the performance to everyone’s amusement.Overall it was a lovely night out and I’d definitely go to future outdoor productions. It was good to see a live performance rather than sitting at home watching a screen.I felt very safe in our ‘bubble’, no doubt this will be the way of things for some time to come.
Sunday 20 Sept at 3pm David Mynne, a Kneehigh Theatre veteran, presents his epic one man version of ‘Great Expectations’, fresh from a sold-out run at the recently reopened Minack Theatre. Some of Charles Dickens’ most memorable characters are vividly brought to life in this anarchic and joyful telling of this glorious tale described as ‘hugely entertaining’ by The Times. Be prepared to be scared and amazed, to cry and laugh! Using Dickens’ original text (well, mostly!) David Mynne’s skilful, one-man performance of this epic story is deft, daft, delightful …and definitely Dickens! The show is suitable for adults and accompanied children over 10yrs.
This event is being promoted by Bude Youth Theatre thanks to the support of Jon & Gina at Ebbingford Manor. Audiences are invited to arrive from one hour before the show starts and to bring low back seating, blankets, their own refreshments, suitable clothing and sunblock! Family groups will be seated in their own bubble on the lawn. There will be a hands-free cash raffle to raise funds for ‘Connect Bude’, the group that is campaigning to reconnect Bude and Holsworthy to the National Rail Network.