> Familiar, funny and touching. Le Grand Return - Talking Stock’s latest
> theatrical offering - played to a packed theatre on its opening night in
> Halifax, writes Adam Smith. A strong cast of four (Keith Royston, Roy Byrom, Stuart Davison
> and Giselle Herbert) gel together perfectly and present a very strong yet
> gentle narrative for the audience to consider.
>> The well-rehearsed and timed gags run slickly from scene to scene with
> Godber-esque simplicity and northern charm. Stockdill writes true northern
> characters to recognise and care about, each with their own developed
> traits and quirks that resonate with our childhoods and memories. The
> collection of characters complement each other splendidly; creating
> absolute mischief at times and genuine sadness that is both poignant and
>> The two-act comedy opens in a nursing home around the 50th anniversary of
> D Day and follows a group of veterans who plan one last mission to go back
> Normandy to visit a special residence and pay tribute to a fallen solider
> George Penney. Who knows will they make it or will their plan be stifled
> and will the enemy prevail? With this band of ageing brothers anything can
> happen - and frankly does happen.
> Le Grand Return has a further tour across northern England scheduled
> running until the end of February.
>> Catch this little bullet while you can. Tickets and further information
> can be sourced from the company’s website – talkingstock.co.uk.
> Photocaption: Veterans synchronise watches for the escape to Normandy.
> From left to right, Roy Byrom, Keith Royston and Stuart Davison.