Theatre review: Dulcie and Walter - A distinguished debut at the Maltings
- Credit: Contributed
A new play, new author and a brand new theatre season at Wells Maltings.
Dulcie and Walter, written by Catherine Herman, premiered at Wells Maltings on Friday, June 18.
Set on a Norfolk smallholding in 1970, elderly Dulcie and her husband Walter stagger through old age, determined to carry on despite physical handicaps, loneliness, fragility.
Muttering, chattering, bickering, concealed truths are gradually revealed when their great niece Mary visits. Their bleak, often rough exchanges reveal their concealed memories.
In speech resembling an approximation of Norfolk dialect, we are gently introduced to their ways of coping with long life and long suffering.
The flow of humour, gossip, keen domestic observations of ‘humdrum’ lives reveals the genuine intelligent humanity of its author.
The playwright Catherine Herman also plays the lead role of Dulcie.
- 1 Fakenham farm bids to open field for dog exercise
- 2 Norfolk deli owner suffers severe spinal injuries in Ibiza diving accident
- 3 Drink driving teacher crashed into church wall with baby in car
- 4 Revealed: Where dangerous parasite has been reported in Norfolk
- 5 Customers travelling especially to visit charming new café at fishery
- 6 Like 'salt in the wound' - Councillor laments wind farm move
- 7 Revealed: The towns and villages where metal thieves have struck
- 8 5 maize mazes you can visit in Norfolk this summer
- 9 'Lucky' receptionist retires after 50 years at estate agents
- 10 Headteacher set to depart school after 'proud' 12 years
What a distinguished debut! David Redgrave, playing Walter, and Rachael Cummins (great niece Mary) are also fine.
Directed by Dawn Finnerty, fEAST Company has, once again, come up with the goods. Music, costumes, set are fine. This production is currently touring Norfolk and will be in a venue somewhere near you. Covid requirements are observed- try and see this play if you can.