SALT by fEAST Theatre – a review

The Maltings was proud to present the wonderful fEAST Theatre’s production SALT on Thursday 3 May at Alderman Peel High School.

If you missed it, you missed a treat. A great audience enjoyed a touching and evocative show – a taste of things to come at the new Maltings.

But don’t take our word for it – here’s what theatre critic Carla Phillips had to say:

The dreamlike mysteries of living on our ‘amphibious’ Norfolk coast: land and sea, marsh and meadow, entwined in a constantly changing landscape is the background and subject of Jeremy Page’s novel, ‘Salt.’ Turned into a magical play, fEast Theatre company played it to a pleasantly crowded audience last Thursday at the Alderman Peel High School in Wells.

It was a delight. Changes of space as well as  rapid time shifts compassed three generations of family life. From the German airman found on the marsh during the Second World War (I know that this really did happen) to the more recent rise of an economy of tourism bolstered by shell-fishing, touching upon the differences and similarities between life on the coast and the equally mysterious Fenland, this colourful, well acted drama hit the right notes.

Written by Rob McLoughlin, the author of Wells’ fine Sam Peel play, with a simple, adaptable set, there was nicely performed incidental music, fine costumes, and above all terrific acting skill, directed by Dawn Finnerty. All contributed to the pleasure of this performance.

There were a few times when some the slightly abstract dialogue was difficult to penetrate. No matter! This company came up with the goods!

Watch out for their next production coming to the Maltings’ new theatre, this autumn.