Having been entertained last week by a captivating murder mystery, it was the turn of the thriller to engage the large first night audience for the second offering in this year’s Murder in the Park series.  As we are told in the programme, “ … unlike mysteries in which the audience searches for clues to figure out ‘whodunnit’, thrillers let viewers know who the bad guys are in advance.  Then the audience spends the rest of the play on the edge of their proverbial seats wondering who will win: the evil doer or the innocent victim.”  The plot of this little performed play written by William Fairchild was a little too predictable to fulfil the ‘edge of the seat’ criteria but it was, nevertheless, entertaining.

As always it was a joy to see familiar faces back on our stage and none more so in this well-cast and expertly performed drama.  For the music aficionados amongst the audience, Patric had again excelled with his sound design!  However, much as some of the tracks might have seemed familiar to the ear honed in the 1960s – as the music captured the era perfectly – it was the work of Nicholas Briggs, the sound designer and composer long associated with the BBC television series Doctor Who who himself was not born until 1961!

The theatre bar was again packed to welcome this six strong cast and many of the company for their well-earned drink following this their first opening night.  We subsequently learnt that in fact there are no plans to take this production on tour, so the polish of this performance is to be commended!  A real throw-back to the days of weekly rep!

Frot (l-r): Patric Kearns (Artistic Director), Corrinne Wicks, Michelle Morris, Ben Roddy Behind: John Hester, Marcus Hutton, Jolyon Young

Frot (l-r): Patric Kearns (Artistic Director), Corrinne Wicks, Michelle Morris, Ben Roddy
Behind: John Hester, Marcus Hutton, Jolyon Young

It was also good to see so many new faces among the Friends in the bar and we hope they enjoyed chatting to this friendly cast.  The pictures below are perhaps a testament to this.

Roll on next week!