It had again been a good size audience who flocked to the Devonshire Park on a very hot June evening to settle in their seats before a projected backdrop of Victorian London for the opening night of this, the second and very different, play in the Murder in the Park series.

As always, it was a real pleasure to welcome Talking Scarlet to a bar reception on their first night at the Devonshire Park and The Friends were delighted to be joined by Patric and the entire eleven-strong cast to share a drink and a chat.

L-R. Front Row: Andrew Paul, Michael Kirk, Matthew Zilch, Sam Clemens, Katy Dean Middle: Kim Taylforth, Ewan Goddard. Lara Lemon, Neil Roberts Back: Greg Fitch, Patric Kearns, George Telfer

L-R. Front Row: Andrew Paul, Michael Kirk, Matthew Zilch, Sam Clemens, Katy Dean
Middle: Kim Taylforth, Ewan Goddard. Lara Lemon, Neil Roberts
Back: Greg Fitch, Patric Kearns, George Telfer

Dealing with the infamous and gruesome serial killings of prostitutes and other vulnerable women in smog-ridden Victorian Whitechapel, the play contains a heady mix of suspense, terror, clairvoyancy and corruption at the highest level.  Blood curdling screams and loud music provide a real challenge to the senses – relieved by a small amount of humour from Dr Watson – played by George Telfer!

The production, under the ever-talented direction of Patric Kearns, is dedicated to the memory of the play’s author Brian Clemens (famous for The Avengers and The Professionals) who died in January this year.  It is a real family affair:  Sherlock is played by the writer’s son, Samuel, and the clever technical direction – creating the artistry of the incredible back projected, ever-changing set and amazing use of music to create the, at times, menacing atmosphere is the work of Sam’s brother George.  To put the finishing touches to make it a true family affair, the Friends were joined in the bar by Sam and George’s mother and grandmother!

It was particularly good to see so many familiar faces and continue conversations begun only a few weeks ago!   For others, it was a pleasure to welcome them on their first visit to Eastbourne – but we hope to see them back again soon.

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We look forward with great expectation to what Talking Scarlet is going to dish up for us next week!