Polished Production At Norwich
From Our Special Correspondent
It was ambitions of Norwich to attempt the production of a Corpus Christi Pageant based on the play 0 Sacrum Convivium by Dorn. Ambrose Agius, It was justified by the enthusiasm with which it was received by a packed audience in St. Andrew's Hall on Thursday of last week. Credit must go to the Rev.-G. A. Fressanges, the producer and joint business manager, and to those whose names appear on the programme under the heading
As regards the performers themselves, no praise can be too high for the diligent manner in which they must have practised to achieve so polished a performance.
It was an absolute act of faith on the part of the producer. He approached his rector, Mgr. Canon Squirrcll, with the project in Eastertide, and received his permission. There were no guarantors and not a penny in the bank. The largest possible ball in Norwich was taken—the nave of the old Dominican Priory Church with seating for 1,200.
The hall was packed. No one knew quite what they were going to get, but they were enthusiastically satisfied.
The Bishop of Northampton preached at I.akenham Chapel of Ease on the Sunday night on the Pageant and Walsingham—sof the former he said it was the most amazing and moving thing he had ever seen.
Next morning the producer received an offer by telegram from a London stage manager to do the pageant in London. But that would mean at least two days away from Norwich, which would be impossible as all the cast are working people and could not spare the time.
One feels that so fine a production should have a wider public and, while one may gasp at the temerity of the producer in taking so large a hall, one feels on results that he should have taken it for a week.