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Pathway to the Sun

A musical drama following five central characters from 1918 - 1929 was held at the Centenary Centre in Peel.

This emotionally charged drama, held at the Centenary Centre in Peel, focused on five central characters from the close of World War I up to the beginning of World War II; with some of our top vocalists taking the starring roles - including this year's Cleveland Medal winner Mandy Griffin.

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With both music and lyrics written by Patricia Cullen, the opening scene introduced Estelle, a widowed nightclub proprietor, who remained a constant link throughout the production, which played with the audience's emotions on many levels and tugged mercilessly at everyone's heartstrings.

At first glance, the main characters appeared to have more in common with an emerging Europe than the Isle of Man, but the story skilfully unfolded their links through relationship and synchronicity.

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The drama was neatly defined between London and the Island, as it explored the dynamics between individuals caught up in a vulnerable situation and the fragility of their hopes and dreams.

A feeling of pathos was evident from the opening moments and a heart-wrenching ending, perhaps, almost inevitable.

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The play was enhanced by additional background actors, simple, but effective stage props and a small ensemble of musicians, with an impressive performance by all of the leading players, who brought depth and feeling to each role.

Valerie Caine
© August 2014