Congratulations to the Seagull Rep for their recent performance of “Blackadder Goes Forth” at the Corn Hall. With the aid of clever stage management and good character interpretations, they entertained the audience reminding everyone how good the original series was.
In this centenary year of the First World War outbreak, this performance of Ben Elton’s script also mocked the darker side of the conflict and the futility of trench warfare culminating in the very final scene in the TV series where Captain Blackadder and his men go ‘over the top’.
I wondered how the Seagulls would deal with this particularly poignant moment. I was not disappointed as this final scene had all the actors on stage, whilst Colonel Melchett made his way to the rear of the stage to place a wreath against the trench wall. They all saluted and stood silent and motionless to let the moment sink in before leaving the stage.
The audience undoubtedly caught the mood as seconds went by before deserved applause broke out.