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DISS • NORFOLK

Dulcie and Walter

Production Company: Feast Theatre
Venue: The Corn Hall
By Catherine Herman
‘Inside these ol’ bodies, these ol’ shells, is whole worlds you can’t know about…’ 
 
The year is 1970. Dulcie and Walter have lived all 50 years of their married life on a small farm in Norfolk.
 
They ‘chunder on’ with stories and gossip but Walter is becoming frail. Both of them are determined to spend the rest of their lives on the farm with the spring hawthorn and the autumn blackberries. 
 
Visits from Dulcie’s great-niece Mary reveal that beneath the ‘chunderin’ and funny stories, Walter and Dulcie’s relationship has not only rubbed along but involved some moments of glory and some of heart-breaking despair. They also harbour long-buried family secrets that Mary is determined to uncover, and Dulcie is determined to keep buried. 
 
A profound, life-affirming and hilarious play about the sacrifices women make, growing old and staying wild, and chewin’ the cud over a nice bowl of lamb stew. 
 
Catherine Herman, originally from Great Yarmouth, after varied careers and travels, is having a late renaissance as a writer and actor. Her brother Jeffrey Bowles, who many in and around Diss will have known, died in October 2020. A year before, he and other members of Catherine's family helped her in the development of Dulcie and Walter by doing a rehearsed reading of the play. Jeffrey entered in to the role of Walter with enthusiasm and sensitivity - a natural performer! He, and his wife Deirdre, have helped bring this piece to life. Jeffrey had the jumper, the accent and the style!