It can be difficult to imagine that much of Norfolk was once spotted with the rural communities depicted in Keith Dewhurst’s Lark Rise, but this creative and delicate production brings those past years back to life.
Centred around a day in the life of the young Laura (played perfectly and without fuss by Charlotte Wollsey) it’s formed of a series of vignettes depicting the harvest, domestic life, and a little bit of politics.
They are intermixed with music and song, performed both by the ensemble cast and a five piece led by Michelle Glover. The company acquit themselves admirably, with performances of particular note from Wendy Atkinson, Terry Dabbs, and Chad Mason.
This is a warm, subtle and gentle piece; a curious reminder of our pasts.