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Review: Fenland Screamers

It’s madcap, full of action, an incredible amount of costume changes and thoroughly enjoyable… Yes, it’s another festive offering from Eastern Angles!

This year writers Pat Whymark and Julian Harris take the audience to a boggy fen in Cambrigeshire with their production The Fenland Screamers, and Other Boggy Tales.

A group of strangers arrive at a remote country mansion on the edge of the Fens, all invited there, by a man they can’t quite place, but lured by the promise of a lavish weekend party. But all is not what it seems… The host is nowhere to be found, the butler is acting rather strangely, and there’s an odd screaming sound coming from the wetlands surrounding the house.

With a sense of unease, and unable to leave as a heavy fog falls across the fenland, the guests decide to stay together and wait for morning, passing the time by telling their own stories. But what connects the group? Who asked them to come and why? And, will they fall victim to the Fenland Screamers?

The Fenland Screamers is hilariously funny. The brilliantly talented cast bring the story to life in such a clever way. The action is fast paced and full quick-witted innuendos, catchy musical numbers and a little audience participation.

A refreshing change from the usual festive offering in theatres at this time of the year The Fenland Screamers and Other Boggy Tales is well worth a watch. A brilliant piece of theatre, with an eccentric storyline that all just seems to come together and work – We loved it!

This festive musical comedy is at the Sir John Mills Theatre, Ipswich until 5th January and Seckford Theatre, Woodbridge, 9th-19th January. To book tickets visit easternangles.co.uk or telephone the Box Office 01473 211498 (Mon-Fri, 10am-2pm).

Review: Wendy Cook, Ipswich24 Magazine

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