The 1970s is the setting for this week’s helping of the Murder in the Park series; this time Murder with Love written by another master of  crime and mystery,  Francis Durbridge.  Few in the audience would not recollect his Paul Temple series on radio and TV in the middle last century and at times during this production by Talking Scarlet – this time directed by David Janson – you might well have been sitting in front of your television screen:  tension building music, the ‘to be continued’ feeling as the action moved from one scene to another on the cleverly divided set as the meticulously constructed plot with so many intertwined characters unfolded.  Even before the curtain rose, the audience were treated to many sounds of the era, such as I’m not in Love by 10cc

It is always such a pleasure to welcome the cast and crew from a Talking Scarlet production to a bar reception and this week was no exception. It is no wonder that there were so many Friends gathered in the theatre bar to chat to the nine-strong cast.

L-r: Front: Chris Sheridan, Erin Geraghty, Liz Garland, Jolyon Young Middle: Tom Butcher, David Janson (Director), Corinne Wicks Back: Gary Turner, Nick Barclay, Patric Kearns (Artistic Director), John Hester

L-r: Front: Chris Sheridan, Erin Geraghty, Liz Garland, Jolyon Young
Middle: Tom Butcher, David Janson (Director), Corinne Wicks
Back: Gary Turner, Nick Barclay, Patric Kearns (Artistic Director), John Hester

With so many familiar faces, borne out by the pictures below, it is almost like a family reunion and as at least one cast member said, “It feels like home here in Eastbourne”.  In fact, one member of the cast, John Hester, is even a member of The Friends! Tom Butcher and Corinne Wicks

We look forward to seeing them all back again soon.