Curtain up on The Graduate by King’s Lynn Players

Benjamin Braddock (David Martin) and Elaine Robinson (Daisy Norwood) in a scene from The Graduate being staged by King's Lynn Players at Lynn Arts Centre this week
Benjamin Braddock (David Martin) and Elaine Robinson (Daisy Norwood) in a scene from The Graduate being staged by King's Lynn Players at Lynn Arts Centre this week

King’s Lynn Players are staging The Graduate at Lynn Arts Centre this week – and it’s a production that shouldn’t be missed writes Alison Ding.

Before an actor even appears on stage, this production impresses with a completely white louvred set that changes the mood constantly during the proceedings by the clever use of lighting.

Immediately we are introduced to Benjamin Braddock, a disillusioned young man who has just graduated from college and who is played by David Martin.

It’s not long before he’s accosted by Mrs Robinson, the wife of his father’s best friend – drunk, unfulfilled and obviously in the market for something of a diversion from her unsatisfactory life.

Carol Storey’s excellent portrayal is understated and enigmatic and all the more realistic for it.

As the affair develops, Benjamin is encouraged by his father to get to know the Robinson’s daughter, Elaine, with whom he promptly falls in love.

When the truth about the affair with Mrs Robinson emerges, all hell breaks loose in the Braddock and Robinson households.

Elaine is played by a young newcomer to the King’s Lynn Players, Daisy Norwood, who captures the essence of this young girl so well.

The supporting cast – Mr and Mrs Braddock (Colin Davies and Teresa Sharp), Mr Robinson (Ian Ding) together with Paul Norwood and Bryony Ding in minor roles do their job perfectly. However, Mr Robinson’s first line to Benjamin of ‘All hail the conquering hero’ rings true in David Martin’s case – also in his first Players’ role - his portrayal of Benjamin is simply outstanding and shouldn’t be missed.

The Graduate is at King’s Lynn Arts Centre tonight and tomorrow at 7.30 pm with a Saturday matinee at 2.30 pm. Tickets are available on 01553 764864 or on the door.