a magnificent portrait of late-flowering love and loss...

28th - 31st Oct
Ballard School

story by:

William Nicholson

directed by:

Gillian Pitt

What's it about?

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The love story of C.S. Lewis – Oxford don and author of The Chronicles of Narnia and The Screwtape Letters – and American poet Joy Davidman. Jack Lewis is smug in his convictions about God and His plan for the world until Joy and her young son enter his life…

Review of the Show

When I saw that New Forest Players were performing one of my favourite films I felt they were taking on a big challenge. But once again this talented group of people under the directorship of Gillian Pitt took on the task and the result was a big success.

William Nicholson’s play is based on the life of Oxford academic and writer C.S. Lewis who leads a comfortable and seemingly passionless life surrounded by his like-minded bachelor, academic friends. His life is completely changed when he meets a spirited female poet from the USA called Joy Gresham and her son Douglas.

Alan Ponting’s portrayal of Lewis and Kitty Cecil-Wright as Joy was full of passion and emotion which had the audience on the verge of tears as their romantic relationship ends with the untimely death of Joy through cancer.

Both gave stunning performances. Alan with his superb acting skills and Kitty with a heartfelt performance and a wonderful American accent, this despite a broken foot that she sustained just before rehearsals started.

There was great support by the rest of the cast all of whom performed very well.

New member David Luker (Warnie) and Clive Rigden (Riley) were particularly impressive in their roles.

Special mention must be made of thirteen year old Max Lucas (Douglas) who in his first acting role with an adult group showed he is a talent for the future.

The backstage crew must have worked very hard under the stage management of Stephen Blatchley to produce a lovely set. But if I had any criticism it would be that the set was maybe too technical and that some of the scene changes could have been just a little more slick.

And we must not forget your wonderful front of house team for their efforts.

Thank you NFP for a fine evening’s entertainment.

L.B. Independent Magazine Columnist