Company’s comeback shows great promise

Shooting Truth, from left, Luke Mepham, Alice Bennett, Ollie Yates, Archie Deaves and Lisa McLaughlin
Shooting Truth, from left, Luke Mepham, Alice Bennett, Ollie Yates, Archie Deaves and Lisa McLaughlin

YOUNG actors showed great promise in their comeback performance at the Barn Theatre in Southwick.

Returning to the stage for the first time in several years, Young Wick Theatre Company performed Shooting Truth on Thursday and Friday.

Originally written for the National Theatre Connections Festival in 2011, the play combines past and present in a story of witchcraft and practical jokes gone wrong.

It gave the company the chance to showcase a large amount of talent, with a total of 16 characters to portray.

Among these were some very promising performances and hopefully these young actors will be given the chance to develop into the main company.

Amie Sutton, playing ‘witch’ Freya, particularly stood out. She was part of the group from the 17th century, tormented by her peers and desperate to defend herself.

Alice Bennett also performed well as Freya’s equal in the 21st century, Alice, a girl who finds it difficult to fit in and becomes the target through jealousy.

Others worthy of note included the film crew, Luke Mepham as Liam and Matthew Rouse as Jake. Luke had it just right as a young man determined to produce a film worthy of note and being single-minded in that process.

Courtney Everett as Leanne, the girl who wanted to be the star of the show, also impressed, using both actions and words to get her character across.

It may have been nerves, or it may have been to do with the modern way of speaking, but the cast were all talking a little too fast at the start.

It made it slightly difficult to catch all the words, but on the other hand it does seem to be the way young people speak these days.

Things settled down though and confidence grew, so the second half was much stronger and well timed, with the groups from each of the two centuries on stage at the same time as the action switched between the two time frames.

Indeed, when poor old Freya was thrown down the well, it was done so effectively, a woman near me actually gasped!

Directors Isabelle Fink and Zoey Attree acknowledged the play had been an incredible challenge, overwhelming at times, but they produced a piece to be proud of.