It’s Roots to miss this!

PUBLISHED: 10:56 31 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:55 10 June 2010

A GREAT production is presently on show at the Blackmore Theatre until Saturday.

A GREAT production is presently on show at the Blackmore Theatre until Saturday.

Roots by Arnold Wesker, is superbly directed by Dora Wareing and stars Alison Johns, Matt Doonan, Kelly Doonan, Brian Toye, Jenny Bowden, Tony Christopher, Lee Haddow, Kate Colton and Exmouth's very own deputy mayor Darryl Nicholas in an acting role.

The story of Roots is set in the 1950's and begins with Beatie Bryant, the youngest of the family of Norfolk farm labourers. She returns home for a holiday, having spent three years in London living with Ronnie, a young Jewish intellectual and socialist with whom she is completely in love. She quotes him continually, trying to convince the family that his ideas are meaningful, without really having any comprehension herself.

Beatie, played superbly by Kelly Doonan, insists on a family gathering to meet Ronnie for the first time. They all congregate to await his arrival.

The play finally reveals that Beatie can gain self-knowledge, grow and become her true self, and finishes on a life-enhancing, note.

Dora Wareing the director said afterwards: "It is an absolute pleasure to be involved with such marvellous actors they make it so natural."

The family based show, interspersed with comedy moments, is something a little bit different from the usual shows put on by The Exmouth Players and not something normally done by Amateur actors, however, the Players pull it off brilliantly.

The audience reaction afterwards from listening to them as they left was "It certainly gives you something to think about."

Tickets are available at the theatre (ground floor box office) on the night of each performance, through the Tourist Information Centre, Manor Gardens (01395) 222299 or the dedicated ticket line 07905761485.

Definately a show to watch so, get along tonight, Friday or Saturday, you won't be disappointed!

Dave Somerton-Rees

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