REVIEW: 5 Feet In Front @ Northern Stage, Newcastle (9.7.15) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Newcastle based theatre company, The Letter Room, brought their latest production, Five Feet In Front, to the Northern Stage ahead of a stint at the all-important Edinburgh Fringe Festival and promised a “foot stomping, bath blasting, bone shaking hoedown,” and it was all that and so much more. A sold-out crowd were bathed in the humidity of the American dust bowl Deep South era, conjuring images of Steinbeck’s greatest works through song, story, dance and stomp.

We’re introduced to this desolate, poor, sun-baked world with the news that a storm is coming. A storm that over the course of the hour will raise the temperatures, the heartbeats, the fear, the passion and even the sexual frustrations of all that stand in her way.

Only Little Johnnie Wylo knows what’s coming and through a crackling original musical score, she – yes, she – lets us in on the secrets of the wind. Performances are faultless throughout, from the opening musical intro to the storytelling to the all-out foot-stomping spectacular that rattles the Northern Stage floorboards and shakes the dust from our bones. Look out Edinburgh, for a storm is headed your way…

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