Things are getting brighter for the arts in Suffolk
- Credit: Museum of East Anglian Life
The sun is out and things are looking brighter for the theatre industry in Suffolk as a heartwarming LGBTQIA+ play comes to the Museum of East Anglian Life in Stowmarket.
But 'The Stars Are Brighter Here', which is written and directed by Timothy Allsop, is certainly no ordinary piece of theatre.
On a scorching summer day myself and my fellow audience members were led on an immersive trip around the museum's beautiful grounds.
Having reviewed a few plays over the years, I am no stranger to getting involved with a bit of audience participation but never have I had to draw in chalk and have a go at boules before.
But I can't say I minded.
The talented two person cast of Tigger Blaize and William Wyn Davies both gave tender performances as multiple characters and mastered just about every accent going. At many points they really made the audience smile.
Having lived near Stowmarket for a while now, the scene involving the the Asda checkout lady struck a cord with me for sure!
- 1 Matchday Recap: How Town's cup defeat to Colchester played out
- 2 Police attending 'incident' near town centre
- 3 Smoke seen across Ipswich as crews tackle large fire
- 4 'Quite different to traditional gyms' Suffolk gym with a difference opens
- 5 Buy the bread everyone’s raving about at new Suffolk cafe
- 6 Firefighters tackling fire near popular Suffolk hotel and spa
- 7 Travellers pitch up at popular park in east Suffolk town
- 8 'He'd be dead' - mum's terror after wave drags her and baby down beach
- 9 Andy Angles: Five observations following Town's Carabao Cup exit
- 10 Ongoing heathland blaze sees 147 calls made to fire service
But that wasn't the only Suffolk connection, the play also took us back in time to Betty's nightclub in Ipswich which closed in 2013 and even an archaeological dig back in Foxhall Road in 1902.
Thanks to the play I feel much more educated about the LGBTQIA+ scene in Suffolk, both today and in days gone by.
As the arts industry in the county adapts to the challenges of a new post-Covid world, I feel outdoor theatre will only grow in popularity.
Following the play, the audience were invited to watch a short documentary film 'Queer Rural Connections.'
Many of the true life stories covered in the play were explored in more detail in the film - which was a really insightful watch.
Tickets for The Stars are Brighter here, which runs until Saturday July 24, are still available on the Museum of East Anglian Life's website.
There were a few sets that were indoors and face masks were recommended - I only wish I had a matching sun hat!