Powerful impact of the Sea Maidens
Second staging of Lockerbie teacher Gerry’s work
stricken Morven who had lost her husband and son – and who thought the man on the beach was her William returned after many years.
The arrival of the man perhaps inevitably triggered competing love interests and Nancy Stevenson and Lily and Tessa Wilson, were just as good in parts that demanded a great deal from both of them.
Ben Jerrett managed to cope well as the only man in a large cast and successfully portrayed a flawed character, trying to make redress for some less than perfect actions in the past.
If the play has a difficulty, it is that the number of scenes (around 20) could have caused it to lose dramatic tension as it moved from one to the next, with set changes etc.
That it succeeded so well was down to some fantastic music selection, excellent lighting and nifty scene-changing from Connor Thomson, Ruby Thomson and Finlay Dowds – not to mention some filmed scenes and backdrop which must have been a first for Moffat.
The excellent lighting, sound and effects were provided by Martin and Ruth O’Hare, to their usual high standards.
And those comments in turn point to some applause for the director, Jim McConnell, and those who did the cold-weather filming.
Overall a really successful play, well performed to large audiences and showing that the theatre can deal with modern plays as well as classics.
Bouquet Director Jim McConnell presents flowers to writer Gerry Griffin