Norwich’s Sewell Barn Theatre has announced its new season with an eclectic mix of shows that takes it through to next summer.
The first full season since 2019 kicks off with Mike Bartlett’s Love, Love, Love from October 14. The play follows a couple through key family and political moments from 1967, 1990, and 2011.
The amateur theatre’s November performance is a Checkov-themed trio of one-act plays, comprising of The Yalta Game and Afterplay by Brian Friel, as well as Checkov’s own Swansong.
The first performance of 2022 will be Alan Ayckbourn’s Woman In Mind, from 20 January, a tragic-comic play about the plight of an unappreciated wife and mother.
March sees a production of The Father, the film version of which won Antony Hopkins an Oscar for Best Actor and authors Florian Zeller and Christopher Hampton the gong for Best Screenplay, and charts an ageing man’s relationship with his daughter and dementia.
Another story recently told in film-form is at the centre of April’s Edith – In The Beginning, which looks at the discovery of the Sutton Hoo treasure in Suffolk. This version of the story was commissioned by the National Trust in 2019 for the eightieth anniversary of the archaeological dig.
A more mystical take on life is presented by Orca in June. A winner of the Papatango New Writing Prize, the play tells the story of a fishing community choosing one of its daughters as a sacrifice to placate the roaming orca whales.
The final piece of the new season is Dylan Thomas’ lyrical masterpiece Under Milk Wood, which begins its run on 14 July.
Tickets for all shows cost £11, or £10 concessions, or £6 for students on the Wednesday performance