Harvest Review

Louise Fischer did a great job in directing this production. As I often say it is a real shame that it is not a full house every night. What is it with the people of Sydney? Well if you are wondering whether of not you should see this, I would go. In fact although I have already seen it I would happily go again.

The play is set in a farm kitchen in Yorkshire England. The farm was won as part of a bet in 1875.  It starts with the two sons, William (Jeremy Waters), and Albert (Nick Bolton) talking about which of them will enlist in the army and go to France. Their father died some years previously so obviously there is much discussion about the farm and how they will keep it going. William has a plan to farm pigs but his brother is not so sure. William returns from the war in a wheelchair having lost his legs. His sweetheart Maude (Sarah Carroll) has married his brother but they can not have children. So, once more there is great discussion about who and how the farm will continue. All the time Lord Agar (Peter Eyers) comes to see if they will sell the farm back to him as it was their farm in the first place. Unfortunately, Albert is killed leave Maude, William and Maude's niece, Laura (Bishanyia Vincent) to work on the farm. During the war Stefan (Steve Vincent) an German soldier who was captured falls in love with Laura and after the war they get married and have children, but all girls. During the war Stephan helped on the farm and fixing up the sheds to take pigs which is Williams dream. Unfortunately the sheds were full of asbestos and Stephan falls ill and dies. Earlier however they employ Titch (Benjamin Vickers) to look after the farm as it grows, but well he dies too! All this time decades pass and William reaches 100. The farm is slowing dying as nobody is left to run it. It is a political and cultural look at life over almost a century in rural England.

Each decade is marked with music from the time and in between the scenes, the cast dress in large covercoats and update the kitchen making the scene changes something to watch rather than the usual changes you see in theatre. There was some great humour in the play and some great one liners. Jerem Waters was absolutely surperb and his Yorkshire accent was perfect.

It was a very entertaining, highly polished show. It closes on 8 November, click here to book your tickets.