Blue Remembered Hills - Dennis Potter

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published 16/10/2003 | matt_the_poet
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Pro The voicing and expression of pertinent and profound observations of childhood
Cons The shock from Potter's revelations about the inate potential for evil within the youngest of children
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"An intricate and enchanting tale, spiked"

Blue Remembered Hills tells the story of seven seven year old Welsh children from the Forest of Dean. We join them mid afternoon as they frollock happily without a care in the world, tumbling through undergrowth, chanting, throwing stones and experimenting with their newly found feelings from their sexual awakening. When the children remarkably kill a squirrel as they knock it from a tree with a skillfully aimed stone throw they savagely stamp and stamp and stamp with great ferrocity and humour. However as the consequences and apparent symbolism of their actions is made clear to them the afternoon radically transforms with a spiralling set of circumstances into an uncontrollabale orgy of violence. A young life is lost and the children must relinquish their youthful innocense for ever.

The script has been adapted from the 1970's television production that Potter concentrated his efforts on, as he stated this medium gave him 'greater flexibility than the stage with the progressive camera narrative.' No author before (perhaps bar William Golding's 'Lord of the Flies') has presented an audience/reader with such a challenging interpretation of the society in which we live as Potter does here. He clealry dables with the Augustinian concept of original sin to show how even the seemingly innocent and virtuos are ultimately corruptible. The inner evil that resides within the children as they murderously seal the final fate of their companion Donald as they lock him in the torched barn, serves as a poignant metaphor of the inherant seething evil that is supressed behind the outward shell of adult acquired decency, with which these children are yet to be ingratiated by, and to which Donald never shall.

The charcters are nevertheless timeless in their attractability to the ever encroaching modern audience. The double act of 'Angela' and 'Audrey' as they wrestle for the baby and ulitmatley their needs for control and subordiantes at this pivotal age, will have you crying with laughter. Indeed this is one of the key attractions of the play as it proves so close to home with any reader being capeable of projecting their personality onto one of the characters and through this, a cathartic and nostalgic experience will be recieved as Potter creates for you a personal indictment of your own youth.

This really is a classic and should be enjoyed by anybody with a pulse.

'Potter's greatest' K.G.Wilkins The Times

I sincerely hope this is usefull and that your purchase deals you some serious thought provoking stuff!

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  • royray published 17/10/2003
    This does sound good,nice review,Take care,Pat.
  • jillmurphy published 16/10/2003
    Good old Dennis Potter. I'd agree: this is one of his best.
  • Mattroberts published 16/10/2003
    Very thorough review! I think I'd really enjoy the book. As a welsh person, I think I might enjoy it that bit more, Matt x
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Type: Play

Title: Blue Remembered Hills

Author: Dennis Potter


Listed on Ciao since: 31/01/2003