It was an absolutely packed house at the Devonshire Park Theatre for the press/Friends night of this classic psychological thriller by Emlyn Williams.  Another cleverly cast and well acted offering from the Original Theatre Company!

Gwen Taylor in the middle with clockwise from bottom left: Melissa Vaughan, Mandi Symonds, Alasdair Buchan Will Featherstone, Anne Odeke, Daragh O'Malley, Niamh McGrady

Gwen Taylor in the middle with
clockwise from bottom left:
Melissa Vaughan, Mandi Symonds, Alasdair Buchan
Will Featherstone, Anne Odeke, Daragh O’Malley, Niamh McGrady

 

Written in 1935, it is without doubt a play of its age – but one that has also stood the test of time with this production.  This is in no small way thanks to the skilful portrayal of the characters by this eight-strong cast – led by Gwen Taylor as the formidable and irascible Mrs Branson and Will Featherstone as Dan, the young man with an eye for the main chance – a part played in the original production by Emlyn Williams himself.

Gwen Taylor and Will Featherstone

As always, it is a real pleasure to welcome Alastair Whatley and his company to a Bar Reception and, as might have been expected with such a full house, the bar was full of Friends waiting to greet them. Conversations abounded as the cast mixed with the Friends keen to discuss what had unfolded on the stage before them.  

It was truly a delight to talk to the cast members and we wish them every success with the remainder of their time in Eastbourne and for the national tour in front of them.