The buzz on Dark Earth

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The Observers Clare Brennan finds Forbes Brambles new play impressive and that performing it at Flag Fen provides a profoundly affecting dimension. The show features stunning physical imagesand fine performances.

yet again Eastern Angles production values take a searching thoughtful piece beyond the ordinary Peterborough Evening Telegraph

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph`s detailed review found this community led show a powerful and thoughtful one. The show drew the parallels between the first struggles in the fens and the latest, was a strong tale of love, life and livelihoods set in Peterborough’s most interesting historical site` and was simply a good night out.

  **** Public Reviews **** Whats On Stage

The cast, who are drawn from the communities around Flag Fen where Dark Earth was staged, are universally good with some individual performances of real merit. (In Suffolk)

The cast, who are drawn from the communities around Flag Fen where Dark Earth was staged, are universally good with some individual performances of real merit’ (In Suffolk)

Lucy Formby as Katja De Vries and David Feltwell (Peter Dade) have some lovely moments as the star-crossed lovers. Their little scenes of stolen time together are very poignant. (Public Reviews)

Lucy Formby as Katja De Vries and David Feltwell (Peter Dade) have some lovely moments as the star-crossed lovers. Their little scenes of stolen time together are very poignant. (Public Reviews)

Public Reviews  called Dark Earth ‘another very accomplished piece of theatre from the Eastern Angles Theatre Company‘. In Suffolk called the show a ‘dark earthy delight‘ and advised readers to ‘catch it whilst you can – no matter where you live‘. Alan Franks in Last Minute Theatre Tickets echoed that sentiment saying the show is ‘Well worth a trip to Fenland. It won’t be there forever. Whats On Stage said ‘Director Naomi Jones and designer Nicky Bunch do well by their cast, with considerable help from Polly Beestone’s puppetry, which reminds us that what is below and above these humans battling out their several problems has its own timeless qualities

Dark Earth is alive with ragged ingenuity. (lastminutetheatretickets)

 Polly Beestone 's gothic-esque puppets which conjured the wild spirit of the Fenland, both benign and threatening (In Suffolk)

Polly Beestone ‘s gothic-esque puppets which conjured the wild spirit of the Fenland, both benign and threatening (In Suffolk)

The show has even been the subject of a semon, courtesy of @canonianblack.

Talking of social media there’s been plenty of buzz on the show too. On twitter @markwilford said ‘#darkearth was excellent’ , @aixnorth said `went to see @easternangles #darkearth last night. Cant recommend it enough` whilst @ramsaytony added ‘fine night in the fen – a community telling its own story whilst the rain hammered down’.

In the blogosphere social historian Maureen James reviews the show http://www.tellinghistory.co.uk/content/talks. The show, she writes, flew by as I became completely involved in the story as it played out in front of me. Another blogger, Alison Merricks, called the show visually striking, singling Lucy Formby (as Katja de Vriess) out as ‘outstanding’.  You can read her full blog  here

The show runs at Flag Fen until Sunday 22 September and tickets and performance details are available here. The show is directed by Naomi Jones and designed by Nicky Bunch and is performed by a 34 strong community cast.

Want to read more about Dark Earth?

Naomi Jones blog on Guardian Professional can be read here

You can also watch Naomi talking about the show on Idea1

Building a temporary theatre in Flag Fen – three blogs – the day the firemen came, No Madame, its not an excavation we`re building a Theatre Show and finally Moving Heaven,Earth and Wood chip to get Dark Earth ready!

Momentum magazines feature preview (pre rehearsal beginning) on Dark Earth is here. The show preview is here and finally here is the show as an editors pick of the week.

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph preview (with a great rehearsal picture) is here.

Cast member Emma Goldberg’s blog How the Professionals Do It is here

Cast member Jess Woo blogs about her experiences play here

Platform Peterborough Coordinator Keely Mills blogs about Dark Earth here

Writer Forbes Bramble talks about the project

My blog on the development weekend for Dark Earth is here

Dark Earth has been made possible by the generous support of Vivacity Arts and Leisure, Vivacity Museums and Heritage and Arts Council England.

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