To conclude the 2016 season FOLSC scored another first by bringing live theatre to Long Sutton on Sunday, 16th October. Our capacity audience forsook the attractions of ‘Poldark’ and ‘Strictly’ and instead enjoyed the Pantaloon Theatre Company’s unique interpretation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s murky tale of murder, mystery and transmogrification.
A talented young cast of just three actors retold the 1886 tale when Jekyll discovers a drug that transforms him, thus enabling him to unleash his dark side onto the streets of Victorian London. He soon, however, discovers the price of his double life and the production explores the struggle between good and evil, the conscious and unconscious until it is finally revealed the honourable Dr Jekyll and the dastardly Mr Hyde are one and the same person. The minimal but effective stage props, supported by creative lighting and with interludes of music, comedy, panto and audience interaction, meant the show had something for everyone. We received a subsequent message from the cast to say how much they had enjoyed their visit with such a brilliant village hall and friendly and welcoming audience!
The evening provided a further boost to the fighting fund with a combined profit on our three outings in 2016 amounting to a smidgen over £2,900 – what a fantastic result!