On 04 Jul 2014
By Rareseed Theatre
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RATS! -&- Looking Out To See
Abergavenny Chronicle Review for RATS! and Looking Out to See
For any newly formed theatre company to present two substantial one act plays as their first venture into the public arena could be seen as ambitious. That the company involved should be comprised in the main of inexperienced young people rather than seasoned professionals might be seen as heroic, if not foolhardy. That Rareseed did so to such acclaim from the packed house last Saturday evening at Abergavenny’s Borough Theatre was an absolute triumph in every respect.
The evening opened with Liz Pearce’s realisation of the Pied Piper legend, which provided a sound context for excerpts from the Browning poem in imaginative and lively language, enthusiastically performed by the young cast, particularly some thoroughly nasty rats displaying splendidly malicious relish with considerable glee. It was followed by Charles Way’s coming-of-age play based around a group of young people’s trip to Skomer Island and the dilemmas, conflicts and challenges that are inevitably presented by the pressures of that stage of life. Way is, of course, a master of this kind of writing, and his players served him perfectly in conveying the emotional essence of his work with sensitivity, wit and aplomb, along with some superb dance elements choreographed by Dance Beats’ Emma Davies.
We are lucky indeed to be able to welcome this fresh and vibrant young company to the area and directors Liz Pearce and John Lovat and their team deserve every support in their future ventures.