Parson Terry’s Dinner

‘I was tremendously impressed with the play and particularly with your confidence that it would turn out as it did even in the periods when no one seemed to be taking fire. It was a tremendous thing for the village. And it proved, in a way which nothing else could, that culture, like history is all around us, here and now, and is not something which comes when one turns on the knob of the TV set.’
(Audience member)

‘I do want to say how terrific the community event was. The standard of performance was stunningly high, from the children as well, and the directing was superb. Everyone must be feeling very proud. The international ending was a brilliant addition. The intermingling of comedy was really lovely. I still can't understand how those little children did that 21 times so fantastically well. I'M GOBSMACKED. Thank you so much. I felt really alive and part of something meaningful for a change.’
(Drama Lecturer, Exeter University)

‘It was a real privilege to come and take part in your play. The whole experience touched all the senses. It was like being a participant in a kind of time capsule. A lot of things are still clear in my memory although time has passed. The ceremony at the war memorial reminded me of waiting many times by other such memorials and that chill that always seems to be in the air. The young man playing the last post symbolising the terrifying loss of young life. Then into the church and the unique smell of English churches and the timeless quality of the conversations you created there back in the Civil wars. People still having different views.

As I said I just found the whole play so evocative especially the smells ….. going into the Vicarage the smell of wood and time and the clock ticking. I think the beauty in community plays is that so many people are included - all ages, all walks of life, so every thing appears real - the little children in the school scene, the men talking and joking as they made their cider.

It really was a beautiful experience and there were wonderful details like the woman on the green with her sheep looking on, and the fact that if you should look over your shoulder away from your current scene you could see another scene taking place. This has quite a ghostly effect - history repeating its self .as if those real moments in people’s lives had made a dent in time … the Mother hearing her husband was lost.’
(Professional theatre worker)