Seal Cove

Date 13th November 2015
Society Compton Players
Venue Compton Village Hall
Type of Production Play
Director Dave Hawkins


Author: Chris Horton

SEAL COVE is a new play written by Dave Hawkins (who also directed this production) and tells the story of feature writer, James Norton’s experiences when he goes to Cornwall to cover the story of an independently funded lifeboat station that is under threat of closure.  He becomes embroiled in the campaign to save it, locals infighting, romance and the mysterious young woman in the wheelchair. 

The guest-house was realistically created with great attention to detail with sea themed pictures, wall-mounted payphone and drinks cabinet with drop down serving leaf.   The set was realistically decorated and the props were well used by the cast. 

The costumes were in keeping with the characters and well thought out.  Brenda Prior and Becky Saunders deserve special praise for the lifeboat man’s outfit, vicar’s dog-collar and the Mermaid tail!

The lighting was excellent, especially the changing light outside.   The storm lighting/sound effect was superb and complemented the production.

Director, Dave Hawkins, had assembled an excellent cast led by Pete Watt as the writer.  He had fine support - in this adventure/mystery/romance story – from    Naomi Read as the enigmatic Star and she gave an assured performance and manoeuvred the wheelchair with great skill.  The talent of the actors resounded throughout this excellent production.    This was a clever and intriguing story that kept us entertained and interested.   Congratulations to Compton Players who should be proud to add this to their list of successes and for having the nerve to go with a new play.