‘Lilies on the Land’, Forfar Dramatic Society’s November production, played to appreciative audiences during its four-night run last week in Strathmore Cricket Club.
They were engaged throughout by a thoroughly well thought-out and directed piece of theatre by improvised movement and individual characterisation.
Basically, the play is a selection of delightful and very different personal reminiscences, taken from 140 letters written to Saga Magazine following an invitation for submissions from those women who offered their services to the Second World War by becoming a land girl.
These stories were then taken by The Lion’s Part Theatre Group, and through a series of improvisations, crafted into a very enjoyable and nostalgic stage play.
The action was delivered by four actresses, Kay Brown, Elaine McEwan, Linda McLaren and Susan Steel and each, in turn, gave excellent performances throughout this fast-paced production, regularly changing character effortlessly so the audience was never in doubt as to what was going on.
During the play, the action takes us through the close relationships they built with their fellow Land Girls, the heady dances with the American soldiers and the less salubrious moments of abuse and exploitation.
It is the brave, cheerful, authentic voices of the Land Girls themselves, however, that make the show so special as they vividly describe the type of work they were required to undertake.
The play worked well in the intimate surroundings of Strathmore Cricket Club and it was a brave decision to stage the action with the audience on two opposite sides. This worked really well, however, and the movement was such that the audience were never distracted.
All in all, ‘Lilies on the Land’ was an entertaining piece, well directed by Graham Hewitson and delivered effectively by the cast.