For the 2010 mini festival Ceri Nicolson took the reigns to direct Blue Remembered Hills
This deceptively simple tale relates the activities of seven English children played by adults on a summer afternoon during World War II. In a woods, a field and a barn, they play, fight, fantasize and swagger. Their aggressions, fears, hostilities and rivalries are a microcosm of adult interaction. Easy going Willie tags along as burly Peter bullies Raymond and is challenged by fair minded Paul. Plain Audrey is overshadowed by Angela's prettiness and wreaks her anger on the boys. All of them gang up on the terrified "Donald Duck" who, abused by his mother and ridiculed by his peers, plays a dangerous game of pyromania with tragic results.
Ceri (and Peter) did a fantastic job with this play and along with the brilliant acting performances were able to produce one of the best mini festivals plays. The staging was set outside and really added to the production with the actors able to use areas of the garden as children playing would do. To see some of our more seasoned members acting like children really was a joy to behold and each one of them thoroughly enjoyed the challenge. Not only did Ceri and Peter manage to find a great venue but were also able to use the actual local church bells as an effective (and live) sound effect. The audience were blown away and the adjudication was exceptional.
Ceri Nicolson (assisted by Peter Rose)