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PULSE FESTIVAL: Lucy, Lucy & Lucy Barfield – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer and Co-director: Lucy Grace
Co-director: Dan Hutton
Reviewer: Glen Pearce

Even as adults, anyone who read CS Lewis’ Narnia books as a child can’t help but wonder where their own magical kingdom lies. We all now there is a time when we have to stop believing in magical realms but in the stress of everyday life, we can still dream.

It’s an infinity Lucy Grace understands, having had a lifelong fascination with the books and in particular her character namesake.

Lucy, Lucy & Lucy Barfield turns out to be a slight tale and one told simply with a few simple props and spread out over 50 minutes one that seems to slight. The real Lucy remains an enigma and Grace’s own journey of discovery seems overlooked, her childhood fascination with the books and her namesake soon yet another abandoned chapter in this tale of unfished literary threads.

That the real Barfield remains a mystery and the little facts discovered prove contradictory leaves the unanswered question of what the show is actually telling us. Grace herself is sweetly charming in her storytelling but there’s just not enough of a dramatic narrative or energy to sustain interest.

Reviewed on 8 June 2017 | Image: Contributed

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