Potter’s tale takes to stage at Derby Theatre

Blue Remembered Hills at Derby Theatre''Photo by Christopher McGrillis
Blue Remembered Hills at Derby Theatre''Photo by Christopher McGrillis

A Northern Stage production of Blue Remembered Hills will be performed at Derby Theatre from June 25-29.

Dennis Potter’s classic tale set in the Forest of Dean during World War Two WWII is a story of complex childhood friendships.

Blue Remembered Hills is a charming and profound play of complex childhood games and friendships and will be presented by the highly acclaimed Northern Stage Company.

It’s a sunny summer afternoon in the West Country and a group of seven-year-olds play and fight.

Willie is playing at being a spitfire, Peter is avoiding the Williams’ gang, and Raymond is playing at being a cowboy with John.

Angela doesn’t really want to share her china doll with Audrey, and Donald is hiding out in the barn.

Amidst hilarious games and complex friendships, an unexpected turn of events take a dark turn and lead the children headlong into sudden tragedy during one wartime summer.

Perhaps childhood is not as innocent as it seems?

Originally written for TV and first broadcast by the BBC in 1979, the roles of children are played by adults and that TV version included the likes of Helen Mirren, John Bird, Colin Welland and Michael Elphick among its cast.

Almost 20 years after his early death, Dennis Potter speaks to our fractious, changing world with a simple but powerful story about personal responsibility.

Blue Remembered Hills captures his wicked humour and his fierce intolerance of cruelty.

Tickets are £10 - £23. For more information and to book tickets call the box office on 01332 59 39 39 or online at www.derbytheatre.co.uk

n Theatre Temoin will be performing the play The Fantasist at Derby Theatre on Saturday, June 15, at 8pm in the Studio.

A seductive stranger opens a fantastical world to a tormented woman.

But everything must come at a price.

Spinning together puppetry, physical theatre and original music, Lecoq and LISPA-trained Theatre Temoin team up with War Horse’s Robin Guiver to explore the murky depths and glorious heights of bipolar disorder.

Tickets cost £9 (£8 concessions), available from the box office.

Also in the Studio, on June 21-22 , is Shedding Skin, with Paul Davies.

Jase and Gabe have escaped the house party to end all house parties. They meet in the woods to drink one last bottle, a private celebration before Gabe leaves for a new life at university. Secrets are shared and lads swap fancy dress costumes.

When they return to the party, a terrible event changes things forever. This story of teenagers, parents, love, sex and Facebook contains strong language and brief nudity.