We Didn’t Mean To Go To Sea
JUMP ABOARD, IT’S A WILD RIDE!
Arthur Ransome’s WE DIDN’T MEAN TO GO TO SEA, adapted for Eastern Angles Theatre Company by Nick Wood.
Presented at The Hush House, Bentwaters Parks, Woodbridge until July 9th.
The Hush House is the perfect venue for this compelling story by Arthur Ransome, told in true Eastern Angle style with real heart and absolute sympathy to the original.
When the four Walker children – John, Susan, Titty and Roger – are invited aboard the ‘Goblin’ they have no idea what’s in store. Director Ivan Cutting and designer Rosie Alabaster take the audience on such an extraordinary, multi-sensory voyage sea-sickness pills should be compulsory for audience members who haven’t yet found their sea legs. The sense of impending danger is palpable as the children, depicted beautifully with remarkable childlike innocence by Joel Sams, Rosalind Steele, Matilda Howe and Christopher Buckley, begin their voyage.
Despite the enormity of the space, or perhaps because of it, Alabaster’s clever set and Start Brindle’s soundscape, together with skilfully crafted physical performances from the cast, engage the senses to such effect that I found myself clinging to my seat as the ‘Goblin’ lurched and heaved on the waves – or so it seemed. I’m sure I could smell the sea.
This is ultimately a story about growing up, rising to the challenge and surviving against the odds. It’s a heart-warming tale brought to live in a howling gale and a must see at The Hush House which adds an extra dimension to the experience, as do the wind and rain. So check the forecast and book your tickets now.
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Tickets are available at www.easternangles.co.uk, and following it’s run at The Hush House in Woodbridge (it runs there until July 19th), it’ll also be visiting Nene Park in Peterborough (from 13th to 17th July).