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 The Great Train Robbery - a review

The Great Train Robbery - a review

Thursday 06 October 2016 2:02pm

Here's Beaford's Claire with her fantastic review of Scratchwork's Theatre's 'The Great Train Robbery'. You can see the show this weekend in Parracombe.

Driving back home from Bradworthy Memorial Hall after a night supporting our fabulous volunteer promoter and watching Scratchworks Theatre Company, I have had to pull over in a layby in the pitch black in the middle of ‘who knows where’ in the rural north Devon countryside, to just respond to what I’ve just experienced. I’m thinking just how the Great Train Robbery epitomises what rural touring is all about. Props in a bucket, lights in a suitcase. A blank canvas. Just raw talent exposed, nowhere to hide, creative imagination the key to performing a totally captivating show. As an audience member, amongst fifty intergenerational members of the community supporting their Memorial Hall, I was taken on a convincing journey, I believed in the characters and was absorbed by the story.

This was well crafted, full of technique, and a tightly choreographed piece of work. An entertaining funny theatre composition, with a story to find a connection with all the way through.

Even though I've been with Beaford Arts for 2.5 years, sometimes I still can't believe what excellent small scale work is being written and then staged in non-traditional venues and community spaces.

There really is something about live theatre in a village hall -  a sharing with your community, a mood enhancer, a talking point, a chance to laugh, cry, enrich one's life and well being in a comfortable and unassuming space.

These Scratchwork girls are talent born out of Exeter University. A Devon made theatre company - we should all feel a proudness about that.

Talent is evolving before our very eyes, and it’s pleasing to know that Beaford Arts has had a hand in fine tuning their creative developments.

People need to get themselves to Parracombe on Sat 8 Oct! Get your tickets on 01598 763296.