Production 136 When the Wind Blows

When the Wind BlowsBy Raymond Briggs

Performed on Thu 26th to Sat 28th March 1992 at The Kilshawe Theatre

 

 

 

 

The Cast

The Cast

Jim Bloggs Christopher Sewell
Hilda Bloggs Stephanie Young

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Previews/Reviews

Previews/Reviews

When the Wind Blows

Powerful Drama

After the unequalled success of the Christmas production of A Christmas Carol, which attracted near capacity audiences, The Guild Players turn to high modern drama. When the Wind Blows will be presented at The Kilshawe Theatre, St. George’s Hall, for three nights in March. When the Wind Blows has only two characters. It concerns a recently retired couple and their reaction in the face of a nuclear war. It is – despite the mood of optimism in the world today – a powerful piece of drama, with flashes of tragic humour.

Cast of When the Wind Blows

Powerful Drama

The Guild Players production of When the Wind Blows at The Kilshawe Theatre last week left me gasping for breath. At the final curtain I tumbled out into Deal High St. and walked for several minutes before returning to reality, such was the impact of the play. Set in 1983, a time when atomic war was a distinct possibility, it concerns the fate of an elderly married couple after a nuclear bomb falls. One knows from the outset their efforts will be utterly futile. After the blast, as they suffer radiation and realise the end is near, they turn to prayer, in a climax of unbearable tragedy. When the Wind Blows is a child of its time, a stark anti‑nuclear war tract. It may well have lost some of its potency in today’s world but it has lost none of its dramatic message. Christopher Sewell and Stephanie Young portrayed the couple. Only they are on stage throughout, a daunting challenge for amateur performers. It was one, which they overcame. Their performances were nothing short of remarkable and no accolades are great enough for them. Both are adept in stagecraft and this play showed just how good they both are. Neither could be faulted. There was never a hint of over‑acting. They played the bemused couple with dignified poignancy. When the Wind Blows, written by Raymond Briggs who created The Snowman, needs sympathetic direction and this came from Richard Sewell who created an atmosphere of horror, which mounted as the play progressed. His personal concern is reflected in the programme note: It is difficult to see how, in the long run, their fate can possibly be avoided. When the Wind Blows may not have been a box office success but it was a local theatre triumph.

Tony Arnold

Production Team

Production Team

Director Richard Sewell

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