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Multi Story Theatre – Hefted review

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‘A Theatrical Treat!’ – Multi Story Theatre at Membury Village Hall

On Saturday 12th October the village hall in Membury was transformed into a dramatic performance space. Four talented actors from Multi Story Theatre Company, Bill Buffery, Laura James, Gill Nathanson and Ben Stretton, gave a truly spellbinding enactment of ‘Hefted’, a play written by David Lane and commissioned and produced by Beaford Arts. The performance encapsulated the emotional and physical lives of families in an area of North Devon across the last seven centuries. The cast skilfully interwove the stories with beautiful singing and the simplest of costume changes.

As the various scenes progressed we felt the depth of connection across the centuries of the characters to the land and the local landscape that surrounded them, whilst learning of significant historical events of the area.

The experience led the audience across the whole spectrum of emotions, entertaining with moments of humour and then portraying deeply moving and tragic events. All ages of life were depicted extremely effectively by the highly skilled cast.

It was a wonderful production brought to Membury by the Merrymakers, as part of ‘Villages in Action’, a rural touring scheme that brings top quality professional arts events to communities in Devon and that receives funding from Arts Council England.

There is a further opportunity to see this production at The Beehive in Honiton on Friday November 15th @7.30pm. Tel: 01404 384050. Tickets available online here.

‘Hefted’ – from ‘hefting’ – ‘whereby sheep come to know the lay of the lands upon which they were born almost by instinct’ : David Lane, playwright .

Written by Jan Lazar.

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