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AFTER two long years, Razed Roof made a triumphant return to the Harlow Playhouse stage.

It was a showcase for much of their work. Some scenes of works created during the lockdown and some excerpts from previous shows.

It was a wonderful celebration of their work.

The audience loved it. They laughed heartily at some scenes (usually due to scene theft) and were extremely emotional at others.

The Asylum in Trisomy 21 expert was very emotional, but there was complete joy at the triumphant challenge of Assessment Hoop.

A lot of thought has to go into the productions. You have to because a lot of the ideas were so clever. “In Form” was a fantastic celebration of Harlow’s sculpture. The three stages, “Family Group”, “Meat Porters”, and “Eve”, cleverly integrated the three sculptures into their performance.

The show opened with a poem called Two Years written by Aaron Staines. The poem made you realize how difficult confinement was for people with learning disabilities.

But there was no self-pity here, only celebration and a sense of triumph.

It is also a theater group which is very proud of the town of Harlow and incorporates the town into many stories.

We particularly liked ‘A Load of Rubbish’ and an appearance from Harlow Labor leader Chris Vince, who, like method actor Daniel Day-Lewis, spent five years picking up rubbish in his service in preparation for this role.

Razed Roof can make you laugh and cry in an instant.

A tremendous amount of hard work must go into the production of all of their shows and especially the two back-to-back performances on Thursday.

There are plenty of unsung heroes out there, but Annette Lidster and her team have created a theatrical miracle with Razed Roof. A wonderful comeback.

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