It is rather sad that this is the fourth and final play in this year’s Murder in the Park season as they have all been excellent  – and very different.  Did they keep the best till last?  This skilful adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s  best-selling novella The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde was really good, but to say that would be drumming down the other three plays.

This was a really clever adaptation by Nicholas Briggs who was also the play’s director.   His association with BBC’s Dr Who was never really absent from this compelling, well cast (even with some last-minute changes), brilliantly acted and cleverly staged production.  A story that deals with the duality of human nature  and the battle between good and evil is never going to be a totally comfortable watch. There were times when the audience nearly jumped out of their seats but also moments of humour in this seemingly well known story – the title of which has, of course, entered into common parlance with the very phrase “Jekyll and Hyde”meaning  an individual  who is vastly different in moral character from one situation to the next.

It was therefore a joy to welcome back so many old friends among the cast to the bar for a well-earned drink following their opening night in Eastbourne.  Particularly good to see Patric and Jane with their two daughters, Fleur and Catie, who both had parts – not sure which one had the loudest scream at the sight of Mr Jekyll!

Clockwise from bottom: Marcus Hutton, Fleur and Catie, Kim Wright, Gary Turner, Matthew Zilch, David Keyes, Ben crowe, Megan Terry, Andrew Fettes. Middle: Kim Taylforth, Samuel Clemens

Clockwise from bottom: Marcus Hutton, Fleur and Catie, Kim Wright, Gary Turner,
Matthew Zilch, David Keyes, Ben crowe, Megan Terry, Andrew Fettes.
Middle: Kim Taylforth, Samuel Clemens

 

It was a lively party and we look forward to the next time with Talking Scarlet.  And not long to wait for since they will be back with a somewhat different offering – Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit.

Talking Scarlet has really excelled this year – thank you Patric for bringing us such a wide range of plays.  You have a huge task ahead of you for next year!