Professionally-trained cast put on local show
A cast of professionally-trained performers from Guernsey are putting on an original festive show, with a local twist.
‘The Chronicles of Sarnia’ tells a familiar story about three children who are evacuated from Guernsey in June 1940 and head to the north of England.
However, the siblings soon find themselves battling to save the mystical land of Sarnia from the Ice Queen, who has ruled the land with fear and oppression.
The production has been written and directed by Oliver Bailey-Davies, and stars Ruby Tapp, Rhys Ashcroft, Dan Le Friec and Troy Le Page, who all trained at the Princess Royal Centre for Performing Arts before leaving the island for further training.
The show will also feature original songs written by Apocalypse Studios, supported by the School of Popular Music.
‘Tin Whistle is a theatre company that I established at the beginning of 2018 and it has always been my plan to have a Christmas show because I love Christmas.
‘I was going to buy a show to just produce and just put on ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ and then I thought wouldn’t it be interesting if the kids were evacuated from Guernsey and then it built from Narnia to Sarnia and so on.
‘There’s quite a lot of Guernsey French in it, so we’ve got the people from the Guernsey Museum to come and help the pronunciation to make sure it’s all being said correctly.’
The production is being supported by Art for Guernsey, the States of Guernsey and the Guernsey College of Further Education.