Lilies on the Land

Date 8th May 2015
Society Rainham Theatrical Society (RTS Ltd)
Venue Oast House Theatre Rainham
Type of Production play
Director Dean Caston

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Author: Gordon Harris

‘Lilies on the Land’ is a beautifully crafted play, or is it a documentary  drama? Which covers the War years of 1939 to 1945, but also follows the farming year from autumn to Summer. Written by the Lion’s part (a group of professional actors who create and tour their own shows), it is based on the reminiscences and memories of four ex-Land Girls.Vividly portrayed, sympathetically lit and superbly crafted, this play will make you laugh, make you cry, and you will leave with admiration for the courage and fortitude of this ‘forgotten army’ This funny and moving production, directed with compassion and understanding by Dean Caston, is a fitting tribute to the girls who kept wartime Britain fed. Dean gives us four actresses who inhabited their characters to perfection. A study in perfect performance and near perfect accents were a delight to watch; Charlotte Caston, Jo Godman, Jan Wyatt and Kathy West.

Dean gives them an almost pastoral, idyllic backdrop, as if seen through barn doors, with wooden sidepieces and farmyard paraphernalia, in abundance suggesting a busy farm yard. The set was so realistic we felt as if you were in the farmyard.  Perfect set! Well done Dean and the cast it was a superbly acted and directed to a very high standard indeed.

 My Councillor Kay Rowan wrote:

The use of areas of the stage for each character giving them a ‘base’ was inspirational. The integration of additional characters into the action was particularly characterized by excellent use of accents and mannerisms.Praise indeed….