there be no mistake about it: angling is one of the most fruitful
metaphors for life. 'The Compleat Angler' by Izaak Walton grinds
out every conceivable virtue. David Frederickson and Chris Wilkinson
give a meaningful performance while giving some actual good fishing
is an angler (Piscator) with at least 30 years experience. He knows
as much about fishing as he does of good living. He knows no greater
grace than to be patient and thoughtful while fishing (life). When
he meets the unsuspecting Viator (Wilkinson) he even unleashes a
range of statements that rank a fisherman above kings, princes and
lords. They decide to become tutor and pupil in a angling education.
Viator is bound to agree with all the wine, ale and generosity of
his new friend.
and Viator travel though the North of England and disagree amusedly
on the benefits of fishing (water) and country (earth). But Piscator
overwhelmes Viator with his wit and wisdom. Viator is a lousy fisher,
at first, but improves greatly by the jolly but strong words of
his new master.
lesson in angling metaphors for life: Using a different line for
every river = adjusting to your surroundings. Fishing needs patience
= life doesn't deliver promptly. All fish have their bate = everyman
play is a joyful experience and the characters are extremely good-natured.
As you would expect from a 17th century play, upbeat classical music
enthuses the audience and gives a sense of time. The simplicity
of it all makes for a humbling feeling. Hence the silent and amused
grins by the 12 strong Old Fire Station audience.
play practices what it preaches: the simplicity of just a stage,
two great actors and a rod. When the play ends with joyful sing
song and dance by these masters of the stage, the experience is