Pioneering Theatre, Music and Community Arts

 In Wolverhampton from 1980 to 2013


1982 - 2013

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When The Wind Blows

Whats On, Wolverhampton 6.88

Zip Theatre Co, move around the community so much it is never easy for a town centre dweller like me to see one of their shows.

I received an invite to see their production of "When The Wind Blows" at the Moreton Centre. So off I trudge notebook in hand to the deepest suburbs of Wolverhampton in search of a nuclear war, and I found one.

Zip have been touring Raymond Briggs moving play "When The Wind Blows" to schools and community halls. A difficult play to stage with a permanent setting but Zip have once again proven their worth with a brilliantly performed tale. Centered on Mr and Mrs Bloggs their little house in the country and how they cope with a nuclear strike.

Jo Fitzgerald and Cathy Pemberton left us wondering how they managed to do such a good make up job as the effects of nuclear fallout took its toll, without them leaving the stage during the changes.

The effects of the bomb dropping were convincing, the message of futility were driven home with skill and experience. This is a very good production. (Garry Skerrett)

Brighton Rock

The Birmingham Post 8.10.87 Zip at the Grand Theatre

As a small-scale community theatre working on a shoe-string budget, Zip Theatre has a lot to offer. Its revival of Graham Greene's Brighton Rock is a neat thriller from a story that apparently once dismayed the civic authorities, which saw it as a slur on the town. Playing with great passion and sincerity, this dedicated group of young actors give us an insight into how Greene once rocked Brighton's Regency calm.

The play is set in a depressed underworld in which Pinkie, the boy gangster, is soulless and dedicated to evil. He is an unredeemed villain beyond the scope of a moral structure. The determination to convict him is left finally to one woman, Ida, and what began as a detective story moves slowly, but surely, to a chilling denouement, with Pinkie planning his own version of a double suicide which fails, so he dies with his murders on his head.

In Jon Lingard-Lane's production, the tensions of this play are upheld successfully by Alex Jones as Pinkie, the murderer, with very good support from Dyll Ferreday as Rose and Joe Fitzgerald as Dallow. (Richard Edmonds)

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