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Preview: Blue Remembered Hills at Sunderland Royalty Theatre
ROYALTY THEATRE TO PRODUCE BLUE REMEMBERED HILLS
Blue Remembered Hills
Sunderland Royalty Theatre
Monday 30th October to Saturday 4th November 2017
The Royalty Theatre continue their 2017/18 season with a production of Dennis Potter’s Blue Remembered Hills.
Abbi Laidler, Peter Kelly and Nikki Slack
Photo: Royalty Theatre
Written for the BBC’s Play for Today series in 1979, the play follows a group of seven-year-olds, playing together on a summer’s day in 1943 in the Forest of Dean. As with the television production, the children are all played by adults – magnifying the innocent, joyful and indeed darker aspects of childhood.
Director Lorna Breeze says, “When approached to direct Blue Remembered Hills I was very excited at the prospect. Originally written for TV, bringing it to the stage could have been tricky but it’s been a delight to see it develop in rehearsals. The cast have been marvellous and have enjoyed releasing their inner child – maybe a little too much!”
Abbi Laidler, Peter Kelly and Nikki Slack are among a cast following in the footsteps of such actors as Helen Mirren, Michael Elphick and John Bird, who starred in the original TV production. Now a standard text for GCSE Drama, the play runs from Monday 30th October to Saturday 4th November 2017.