Blackberry Trout Face

Date 25th May 2023
Society NK Theatre Arts
Venue The Forum Theatre, Romily
Type of Production Play
Director Maisie Noble and Emily Roberts
Written By Laurence Wilson

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Author: Steph Niland

Sometimes, in amateur productions, the stars just align and then they shine. Blackberry Trout Face at NK Theatre Arts, is one such example of this type of occurance.

The choice of play, the actors in those particular roles, the set design, direction, sound choices – all spot on.

The unsettling content was handled delicately and lightly when needed and roughly and emapssioned when called for.

All three, young actors took on their characters like they were woven into their beings. So suited were each to their role, that the audience almost felt like a voyeur, witnessing a story not really meant for them to see.

Cameron, played fabulously by Sam Jeffries, depicted a young lad who had to endure more than the usual difficulties navigating life as a teen from a low socio-economic background. Sam’s genuine portrayal showed this actor can cope brilliantly with complex decisions regarding how to represent such a character. This was a completely immersed actor, intent on a sincere and honest representation. Well done.

The older brother, Jakey was played with the right balance of sarcasm, resentfulness and care by Jack Findlow. Another fully believable character, whose heartfelt moments never trod near soppy and whose anger and anguish was dealt with as a lad of this type would.  A solid and convincing performance. Congratulations.

Strength and resiliance came through Connie Crawford’s depiction of Kerrie. They suited this heartbreaking role of daughter and sister trying to keep things together. There was a sincerity in their performance that was wonderfully pitched. Part “playing at being mum” vulnerabilty, mingled with tough as nails/had about enough moments. Well done!

The piece was steered with a sympathetic eye and it is obvious Maisie Noble and Emily Roberts, as directors, had a firm grasp on story telling and the themes. Pivotal moments were given the correct amount of gravitas and the comedy was realistic and underplayed. The relationships were explored duitfully and the bond between the siblings came across as believable.

Set design can be so important to these types of plays and the design and execution thereof was perfect in this piece – down to the working microwave (or so it seemed to us). The use of light through the window was lovely, the mess was consistent with what would be found in such a dwelling. It was well thought through and appreciated. Thank you to James Dooley and Ben Wicks and the props team. The poster design was impressive too!

Congratulations to all involved. You must feel proud of what you achieved here and I am sure the visiting playwright felt the same.