Review – Blink
22nd October 2020
Live drama is making a comeback at the Little Theatre. Among our early offerings is Blink.
Reviewer Chris Sadler gave his views on the show:
They say all good things come to those who wait, and the enthusiastic, capacity socially-distanced audience at Sheringham Little Theatre were delighted recipients as live theatregoing resumed at Norfolk’s friendliest theatre last night.
On show was award-winning playwright Phil Porter’s Blink featuring Sam Thompson as Jonah (National Youth Theatre, fEast) and Megan Artherton as Sophie (SLT, Norwich Playhouse).
A curious tale, this contemporary love story follows two likeable lost souls on a journey to find themselves and perhaps each other. An immensely odd but charming tale which makes demands on the mind and heart but ultimately satisfies.
The two leads deliver plot, set transformations, and most importantly their characterisations faultlessly – perfectly capturing their characters’ idiosyncrasies with Sam Thompson’s gauche obsessiveness matched by Megan Artherton’s prim desire for recognition.
Director Simon Thompson, as always, gets the rhythm just right and the dialogue spins spiffily along. Ably assisted by stage manager Katie Thompson, the staging initially seems sparse but innovatively flexes beautifully to accommodate the story’s needs.
Lighting was tricky with the auditorium being lit throughout, but when the stage needed a light cue it was delivered effectively. Sound was comfortable on the ears with the actors clearly heard even on the back row. The clever device of using microphones as an emphasised shorthand for introducing other characters also worked brilliantly.
This is a fantastic production of a fascinating play and a perfect way to break your Covid theatregoing duck.
It should be noted theatre director Debbie Thompson and the team have done all they can to ensure people can visit safely and responsibly. Seating inside the venue is socially-distanced, masks must be worn, and full contact details are harvested on entry for track and trace purposes.
The wonderful theatre volunteers are on hand as ever to assist and the Hub Cafe bar remains open for refreshments with seating available before the performance.
Performances continue nightly at 7:30pm until Saturday 24th October.
Tickets are £10 (£8 students) and available online at sheringhamlittletheatre.com or by telephone on 01263 822347.
Blink transfers to St George’s Theatre in Great Yarmouth on Wednesday 28th October – stgeorgestheatre.com / 01493 331484.