Letter of the week
EVER wondered where you should be on a Thursday evening in early April?The West End's lights may sparkle, but the true stars were on the stage at the reopened Seagull Theatre.
EVER wondered where you should be on a Thursday evening in early April?
The West End's lights may sparkle, but the true stars were on the stage at the reopened Seagull Theatre.
When I first heard about the play Consequences, by the Lateral Artistes, I was intrigued by the prospect of teenagers playing out teenage life from their own unique perspective. The stage was small but the setting was perfect and intimate as the group, all from Kirkley High School, set about weaving their tales of teenage angst in the 21st century.
The standard of acting was superb as the lives of a group of teenagers were played out in front of a packed audience.
Issues of loss, bereavement, drug abuse, relationships and gang culture were all explored in the all too short 90 minutes.
Each act led to a range of consequences that would impact on the lives of each character like ripples on a pond, eg Catherine…unwanted, a troubled childhood, descended into a world of drugs, peer pressure and unstable relationships eventually leading to the suicide of her lover and unplanned birth of her child. Each character took you on a personal journey, cleverly updated throughout the play with some surprising conclusions at the end; a real emotional rollercoaster ride.
- 1 Artist's impression gives glimpse of how £14.7m Cultural Quarter could look
- 2 Chance of a bargain as home goes under the hammer for £60,000
- 3 Retail park nuisance drivers cause misery with 'revving and noisy exhausts'
- 4 New hair salon opens up with its very own puppy on the premises
- 5 Lowestoft woman wanted by police on recall to prison
- 6 New lease of life for former Lowestoft town centre menswear store
- 7 Brickwork students enjoy masterclass at development site
- 8 Hospital opens £1.2m eye operation theatre to cut waiting times
- 9 Road to be closed as next phase of major flood defence works begin
- 10 Vicious burglars jailed for 25 years for 'utterly terrifying' raid
Of course there was another triumph. Little gems like this play would never have reached their audience had the Seagull been closed as planned. To give this group of 15/16-year-olds the chance to show what they can do is the most amazing learning experience possible and they rose superbly to the challenge.
The next time anyone condemns Lowestoft for its lack of entertainment or activities for teenagers, can I point you in the direction of the Seagull Theatre and the Lateral Artistes.
This wins our Letter of the Week Award and the writer will receive a bouquet courtesy of Sansom's Florists.