Pow­er­ful im­pact of the Sea Maid­ens

Sec­ond stag­ing of Locker­bie teacher Gerry’s work

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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.

Con­trib­uted

Bou­quet Direc­tor Jim McCon­nell presents flow­ers to writer Gerry Grif­fin

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