Whey Down South devised by Sam Parker and Alex Robins – The LAB, Theatre Royal Plymouth.
Full disclosure: I have left writing this latest batch of blogs far, far too late. I only have hazy memories to draw on here, having seen it well over a month ago. So all of my opinions are super vague – I’d suggest seeking out an actual review if you want a proper sense of what I mean!
Whey Down South was devised by one of Theatre Royal’s LAB companies – a scheme that puts together a group of artists, nurtures their talent and aims to create a company. The Narwhal Ensemble are definitely one of the scheme’s success stories. They seem to fit together perfectly, creating a sweet tale that is both routed in locality and fairly universal in theme. From what I remember, it’s a story about the impact of modernity on rural communities and how friendships change as we grow older and forge new paths. The piece features songs that suit its tone perfectly. There was some storytelling via the medium of milk and cups that I didn’t always fully get, but that was the only flaw I found. I really enjoyed the play and can’t wait to see what they come up with next.