The Dynamo Youth Theatre presented a promenade
production of "Roses of Eyam"
by Don Taylor in St Faith's Church and Churchyard
from 10th to 14th July.
With a cast of over 50, a crew of 30 as well
as support by the committee and parents, the
director, Andrew Bowker achieved the impossible
dream: a three-hour performance by teenagers
which enthralled and moved those privileged
to be present.
The acting was totally focussed with the lines
delivered clearly and convincingly.
The audience could see well because of a new
stage and raised acting areas in various parts
of the church and grounds. Additional
lighting and carefully chosen music enhanced
the experience. The costumes were imaginatively
made to reflect not only the 17th
century but also the various families represented.
Audience movement was sensitively handled
by the victims of the plague, assisted by
the stewards, which added atmosphere to the
The contrast in the life of the village before
and after the arrival of the box of plague-carrying
cloth was clearly demonstrated. The
audience felt drawn into the dilemma of the
remaining villagers and the main characters
did not spare themselves in sharing their
Although the play presented a challenge to
all concerned, the success of the venture
vindicated all the hard work which must have
gone into the preparation of such an ambitious
The idea to use the church and grounds, situated
in the town centre, was brilliantly conceived
and, with the new platforms, could pave the
way to further worthwhile projects.