The Friends always look forward to meeting the cast and company of a Talking Scarlet production and this was certainly true of those assembled in the bar following the opening night of Body Double.  Over the years we have got used to summer ‘murder’ plays and this play written by Mark Carey and first performed in 2016 – while not having ‘murder’ in the title – was indeed another from that genre that would have you settle into your seat – or perch on the edge of it – and enjoy!

Body Double is a play within a play. The actors are actors, the set a set and – as we quickly learn – the play being rehearsed mirrors the life of those rehearsing it.  The whole play revolves around the concept of the body double – that is an actor who appears briefly on stage to cover for another who is making a quick change.  The audience watch the double believing them to be the main actor and then the lead appears again as someone else!

As the large first night audience watched this latest offering from Pat Kearns and his Talking Scarlet team – with all but one of the actors familiar faces at the DPT, they were busy concentrating on the many twists and turns of the plot and those Friends who were looking forward to meeting those on stage in the bar afterwards had no inkling of the sobering news that was to be imparted to them later that evening.

Talking Scarlet has a good following amongst those Friends who regularly attend the first night bar receptions and indeed this was the case on this warm early August evening.  It was so good to see our Patron, John Hester, so often associated with Talking Scarlet and Philip Stewart who was directing the play as well as Pat and his five-strong cast.

Clockwise from top left: Davis Palmer, Ross Waiton, Philip Stewart, Katy Dean, Freya Copeland, Patric Kearns, Marcus Hutton

We are all grateful to the very emotional Patric for taking the opportunity to share the devastating news about the future of his company.  We all know that theatre is an industry of precarious finances but it is indeed sobering when difficulties hit so close to home.  For many, Talking Scarlet are part of the DPT family and collectively we wish Patric and all the many actors who have appeared in his productions and whom we have got to know and love over the years all the very best for the future, whatever it brings!