Review: Visitors, by Barney Norris, Up In Arms, Ipswich High School, to April 4
- Credit: Photo by mark Douet
Brimming with wit and warmth, this is a beautiful, poignant piece of work that transcends its subject matter.
Edie’s unravelling mental state may be the spark, but it’s about more than that because dementia is about more than dementia. What drives the story is the relationship between the four characters.
Husband Arthur (Robin Soans) can’t afford to stop working their isolated farm to look after her. Son Stephen (Simon Muller) doesn’t want to take over the business, which has been in the family generations, and can’t afford to put Edie (Linda Bassett) into care. When Kate (Eleanor Wyld) moves in to help, all four are forced to examine their lives.
A collaboration between playwright Barney Norris and director Alice Hamilton, this simply staged comedy cum love story is wonderfully written and deftly directed.
Subtle rather than overplayed, it’s heartwarming, with loads of laugh out loud moments, and heartbreaking in equal measure.
It’s so true to life you feel like you’re peering through these people’s window, becoming emotionally involved in their lives before you know it.
The acting is faultless, although a sweary confrontation scene towards the end felt a little forced. This is unquestionably Bassett’s show, turning in a tour-de-force performance.
- 1 Ipswich Station closed as man arrested for possessing a firearm
- 2 Beautiful new bottomless brunches launch at Ipswich bar
- 3 'Lovely to be acknowledged' - Ipswich craft shop pleased with bounce back
- 4 Man arrested after Ipswich train station incident released
- 5 The early betting favourites to be the next Town boss
- 6 Items from Lidl and Sainsbury's recalled over health and safety concerns
- 7 Court to decide how much swindler should repay customers
- 8 North Stander: We've become a sacking club - and that makes me uneasy
- 9 Family's gratitude after Christmas samaritan's £50 act of kindness
- 10 Yellow weather warning in place as Storm Barra set to hit Suffolk
As for the ending; it wasn’t the one I expected or was rooting for but it was the right one. A very brave piece of drama.