Review: Engaging tale of Ipswich’s past
- Credit: Archant
Changing Faces, Hidden Lives By Suzanne Hawkes St Mary’s Church, Bucklesham – dress rehearsal
Changing Faces, Hidden Lives, is an informative, engaging and entertaining piece of theatre.
Written and directed by Suzanne Hawkes, the play focuses on one of Ipswich’s oldest and most historic buildings – St Mary at the Quay – and its connections to the shifting communities of the Ipswich Waterfront
Exploring the characters that worshipped at St Mary at the Quay over the centuries and the building’s evolution into Quay Place – a wellbeing and heritage centre – Changing Faces, Hidden lives is a fascinating and meticulously researched journey from the 16th century to the modern day.
Featuring some of Ipswich’s personalities – including Tudor merchants Henry and Alice Tooley, explorer Thomas Cavendish and mariner Thomas Eldred – the play records the lives of those bound up with the town’s mercantile history.
A mythological character – the Spirit of the Sea - adds a metaphysical dimension as the action switches throughout from the present day to past episodes.
As well as breaking some taboos and challenging stereotypes, the play highlights some 21st century mental health issues while cleverly juxtaposing them with the stresses of those living in former times.
- 1 Pub with 'gorgeous views' named one of UK's best waterside drinking spots
- 2 Suffolk village named among poshest places to live in UK
- 3 Matchday Recap: How Town's 1-0 win at Burton unfolded
- 4 When and where will the thunderstorms hit Suffolk?
- 5 Army carries out controlled explosion of dummy tank shell in west Suffolk
- 6 Man and woman arrested on suspicion of manslaughter after death of child
- 7 Chasing a treble, style shift and potential debut - Burton v Ipswich talking points
- 8 Suffolk councillor can stay in role despite bribery sentence
- 9 Woman in 70s dies in hospital after serious crash in east Suffolk
- 10 Man dies following two-vehicle crash in west Suffolk town
The acting is of good quality, the costumes are colourful, the original music – provided by Bill Stoddart – is excellent, and the piece, though perhaps a bit too long in duration, is peppered with humour and pathos.
An interesting and thought-provoking production.