Written by Dennis Potter
Directed by Hannah Rose
14th October, 2009
Woking Drama Festival
Rhoda McGaw Theatre, Woking.
6th – 17th October, 2009
20th October, 2009
Spelthorne & Runnymede Drama Festival
Riverside Arts Centre, Lower Sunbury.
20th – 24th October, 2009
Originally written for TV, Dennis Potter’s deceptively simple tale relates the activities of seven West-Country seven-year-olds on a summer afternoon during the Second World War, in a wood, a field and a barn. The children (all played by adult actors) play, fight, fantasize and swagger, their aggressions, fears, hostilities and rivalries a microcosm of adult interaction. Easy-going Willie tags along as burly Peter bullies gentle Raymond and is challenged by fair-minded John. Plain Audrey is overshadowed by Angela’s prettiness and wreaks her angry frustrations on the boys. All of them gang up on the terrified “Donald Duck” who, abused by his mother and ridiculed by his peers, plays his own dangerous game of pyromania which ends in tragedy.
|Donald Duck||Graham Botterill|
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