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.
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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.
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- 2 Last man alive to be born at country home celebrates 100th birthday
- 3 Youngsters camp out for 'Sharkitude' leavers event
- 4 Lifeboat launched to rescue broken down 30ft cruiser
- 5 First look at adventure trail ahead of opening
- 6 Community brings flower power to village streets
- 7 Siblings united for pop-up selling burgers and ice cream on farm
- 8 Where you are most likely to get your bike stolen in Norfolk
- 9 Ever fancied 'forest bathing'? How being close to nature can ease stress
- 10 Council leader accused of operating 'small cabal'
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.