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December 29, 2015 / basabbott

Christmas Moon


The Blacksmith Who Chased the Moon
Stuff of Dreams
The Cut,Halesworth

With a rare full moon at Christmas, Cordelia Spence’s production seemed appropriate .
Anthony Cule had adapted Gogol’s 1832 Story The Night Before Christmas, about the devil stealing the moon.
The costumes, by Julia Pascoe Hook, were Russian folk tale, but the play was set in Halesworth and Southwold.
Names were Anglicised and the language was colloquial English – “I gave it my best shot. Right. Great. Sorted.”
The English carol The Holly and the Ivy opened the show. But the script picked up on the way young Ukranians went carolling from house to house.
One of the funniest scenes showed Timothy Lawrence pretending to be a group of waits singing Ding Dong Merrily on High.
Steve Peck’s devil (he doubled as the Pastor) was quite a sympathetic, ordinary bloke in a red Cossack shirt.
The farcical elements of the story were played up, with love scenes thwarted and live bodies hidden in coal sacks.
The production recalled the French expression decrocher la lune (unhook the moon) ie. Do something extraordinary. See it 2.30pm this Saturday & Sunday and 7.30pm Saturday.

Basil Abbott

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