REVIEW - Blacksmith who Chased the Moon

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The Cut, Halesworth - With a rare full moon at Christmas, Cordelia Spence’s production seemed appropriate.

Anthony Cule had adapted Gogol’s 1832 Story The Night Before Christmas, about the devil stealing the moon.

The costumes, by Julia Pascoe Hook, were Russian folk, but the play was set in Halesworth and Southwold.

Names were Anglicised and language was colloquial English – “I gave it my best shot. Right. Great. Sorted.”

The English carol The Holly and the Ivy opened the show. But the script picked up on the way young Ukranians went carolling from house to house.

One scene showed Timothy Lawrence pretending to be a group of waits singing Ding Dong Merrily on High.

Steve Peck’s devil was quite a sympathetic, ordinary bloke in a red Cossack shirt.

The farcical elements of the story were played up, with love scenes thwarted and people hidden in sacks.

The production recalled the French expression decrocher la lune (unhook the moon) ie. Do something extraordinary.

BASIL ABBOTT