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REVIEW: Beauty and The Beast at Ashcroft Arts Centre, Fareham

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THE danger in writing a play about climate change is that it will either be packed with indigestible statistics or just plain worthy. But Jacquie Penrose’s new work is neither.

It is both imaginative and entertaining, and if the outcome is only that we have a better idea of what not to do, rather than what to do, that is at least a start.

The play was given three weekend performances in a joint venture by Havant Literary Festival and the Havant Transition Network,

The writer handed it over to Havant-based professional company Soop with the invitation to improvise on her basic text, and that opportunity was evidently seized with relish, particularly by director and key actor Nathan Chapman.

He changed character with a turn of the head, and community actors provided animal noises, the sound and movement of a ticking clock, indecipherable background murmurs and more.

The central characters (neatly played by Ingrid Corrigan and Vincent Adams) are a couple tempted by the rising tide outside their home to sign up to a deal with a company called Future Assurance. Think of the initials and you have an idea of how useful (or not) it ultimately turns out to be.

The production was presented in a hall without use of traditional theatre facilities - for the environment’s sake, of course.

More performances, please.

MIKE ALLEN