The beloved Eastern Angles ‘panto alternative’ is back for a limited time this June, and you can either catch the chaos of Sam Snape and the Curse of the Chillesford Chough in-person or online.
Virtual press nights have become somewhat the new normal, albeit slightly bizarre when its a mix of live in-person and digital because you feel like a people-watcher to the live audience as you await the curtain to rise; but alas I’m taking my seat at my laptop in my best pajamas to see what unfolds…
The story is focused on Sam Snape, a local vicar, private investigator, and part-time Wall of Death rider, who will guide you on an adventure across the wilds of Suffolk to try to uncover the mystery of the exploding sheep, take down a posse of local hoodlums and break the dreaded curse; all whilst against the clock and hoping to get back to the vicarage in time for tea and cake.
Written by Julian Harries and directed by Ivan Cutting, the show takes inspiration from the world of film noir and local myths. It is everything you would expect from an Eastern Angles ‘alternative panto’ production – it’s a silly satirical piece, full of localisms, wisecrack, and heart. The original live music is also very catchy, comical and uplifting, and pairs well with the story.
The set is a clever mix of live actors and props that encourage you to expand your imagination, alongside the animated backdrop that feels very modern and fitting for the rise of digital content. With just a cast of four, each is brilliant within their roles, though I think Cameron Johnson as Moose stood out for me as I just loved his comedy, cheek, and unique ‘Borat’ style accent.
If you’ve seen an Eastern Angles show before and know what to expect, this is another sure-fire hit from them. If you haven’t and you are seeking something new, I’m sure this show will leave you with a smile! Catch it whilst you can, and support your local theatres who are defying against the odds and doing all they can to entertain us and keep actors and creatives in work.
Sam Snape and the Curse of the Chillesford Chough runs online and in-person at the Sir John Mills Theatre until Saturday 19th June. You can find out more information or book your tickets at easternangles.co.uk/whats-on.
Eastern Angle’s productions of Red Skies and The Ballad of Maria Marten are also set to return this Summer, so be sure to explore the website for further details on those.