A Bolt from the Blue

Date 11th November 2017
Society Allerton Players
Venue The Forum, Northallerton
Type of Production Play
Director Paul Staines


Author: Peter Parlour

‘Edward Jones’, well played by Ewan McNulty, was up a pylon when he got struck by lightning on his 40th birthday. Subsequently after that momentous day extraordinary things began to happen; the narrative was explained by two narrators on each side of the stage as they told the story of how he began to age.

The narrators were well played by Steve Charlton and Olwyn Richardson and they had the largest roles. The play had several small parts all chipping in to tell the story of how Edward was getting old.  Staging was minimalistic with very little on the stage except some scaffolding up against the wall, representing the Pylon that ‘Edward’ fell from. The actors fetching on other props as required as part of their scenes.

It had a very large cast all taking very small roles and majority doubling up. We had Paramedics, Policemen, newsreaders, nurses, A doctor played by Terry West, lady friends all chipping in to tell how Edward was coping with getting old.  It was an interesting play very well played by all the actors.