Mr Wallace reviews The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Mrs Wafer’s adaptation of the classic C.S.Lewis story went down a treat as it played to sold out audiences during its four night run. An extraordinarily collaborative and mutually supportive cast and crew delivered outstanding performances each night. The strong acting drew you into the story instantly and the clever set design made the Hall feel bigger than usual.

I did wonder how the set could be transformed from the spare room, through the wardrobe into Narnia, and this was done with aplomb and skill. Credit needs to be given to the Set Design and Construction team led by Simon King. The scenery throughout was eye catching and appealing and credit for this must go to Cathy Servonat and her A-level art students.

With wonderful sounds and lighting effects under the expert tutelage of Jonathan Kobrus and Ted Latus, the cast had everything they needed for their performance. And they didn’t disappoint! It would be wrong to single out individuals for everyone was outstanding in the characters they portrayed. So well done to Aidan Turner, Nicole Lyttle, Finley O’Sullivan, Hannah Secker, Olivia Webb, Gracie-Mai Wood, Tilly Mair, Charlie Servonat-Blanc, Stephenson Catney, Amber Ackerman, Katie Care, Jacob Baker, Poppy Wells, Seth Birkinshaw, Olivia Parkinson, Felicity Waddingham, Zoe Lyttle, Sasha Neesham, Poppy Rogers, Sophia McGill, Jacqui Henes and Esther Yip. Your performances will long stand out in my memory.

Thank you to the technical crew without who the evenings would not have gone so smoothly. The crew were Caitlin O’Beirne, Seb Newell and Josh Mackey.

Finally, the unwavering support towards Mrs Wafer, who made the adaptation of the play possible, will be remembered for a very long time. A real team effort and a huge success.