I was in the middle of reading 'Cold Comfort Farm' this week when I suddenly discovered that this was the production at The Northcott Theatre, which is on the University of Exeter campus. So I finished the book, acquired the tickets and off we went to yesterday's matinee!
As for what Aunt Ada did see in the woodshed...well this is only revealed in a whisper to Flora. So we are not quite sure and can only put our imaginations to work when Flora replies to the whisper: 'And did the goat die?' Hence the mind boggles!
Clever use of theatrical convention ; sound effects and lighting, which vary the tone and mood very well; props and costumes, which are used to great effect... all helped to make this an excellent adaptation. I particularly liked the presentation of the kitchen 'clock'..a small group of actors who used their arms for the hands and their clicking tongues for the sound. Simple but effective.
With names like, 'Starkadder', 'Doom', 'Howling', not forgetting 'Elfine' the free spirit and a three legged cow, you just know there's going to be a treat in store.
(We were not allowed to take photos, which is a shame as the old fashioned kitchen 'set' was lovely! )
I returned home , itching to read the book again! And feeling very glad that I haven't got a woodshed! ;-)