Value Of Friendship Explored In Family Play

A heartwarming but humorous story about the friendship between two grandads is on the way to Norwich Theatre’s Royal’s Stage Two.

If All the World Were Paper features old mates Fred and Ted who are both painters and decorators.

They are both very different as Fred likes everything to be just right while Ted is much more laid back.

The pair are asked to give a lick of paint to the climbing frame in the playground where they spent many happy childhood hours which gives them the chance to explore friendship and falling out.

If All The World Were Paper, which takes to the stage on June 1, is written by Mike Kenny, whose previous work includes the critically-acclaimed adaptation of The Railway Children which was performed at both the National Railway Museum in York and Waterloo Station in London.

And it is being brought to the stage by the Big Window Theatre Company which specializes in creating plays for very young children and their families.

Penny Breakwell, the company’s artistic director, said the production explores the nature of friendship between two very diverse people. She explained: “They are two very different characters but are the best of friends. Fred likes to do things properly but Ted is slapdash. As they try to work together, there are some hilarious moments which are resonant of Laurel and Hardy, or Morecambe and Wise.”