ARTSBEAT THEATRE: Blue Remembered Hills, Dennis Potter’s charming and profound play of complex childhood games and friendships set during the Second World War, will be presented by the highly acclaimed Northern Stage Company at Derby Theatre from Tuesday June 25 until June 29.
It’s a sunny summer afternoon in the West Country and a group of seven-year-olds play and fight. Willie is playing at being a spitfire, Peter is avoiding the Williams’ gang, and Raymond is playing at being a cowboy with John.
Angela doesn’t really want to share her china doll with Audrey, and Donald is hiding out in the barn.
Amidst hilarious games and complex friendships, an unexpected turn of events take a dark turn and lead the children headlong into sudden tragedy during one wartime summer.
Perhaps childhood is not as innocent as it seems?
Originally written for TV, the roles of children are played by adults.
Almost twenty years after his early death, Potter speaks to our fractious, changing world with a simple but powerful story about personal responsibility and Blue Remembered Hills captures his wicked humour and his fierce intolerance of cruelty.
“Definitely a production not to be missed” British Theatre Guide WhatsOnStage
Tickets: £10 – £23. For more information and to book tickets call the box office on 01332 59 39 39 or online at http://www.derbytheatre.co.uk