Thursday, 30 May 2013

Dead Certain (theatre)

I'm almost disappointed to be writing the last Murder In The Park post already - even though none of the plays have actually happened yet! The thought of a guaranteed theatre visit every week for a month is right up my street, as they say, and I'm hoping to enjoy every one of the four thrillers: Murder Weapon, Suddenly At Home, Deathtrap and Dead Certain.

The final installment, Dead Certain, was written by British playwright Marcus Lloyd and in 1999 was his first stage production. However, his first radio play, Taking Pictures, and his first television play, A Relative Stranger, were both award-winning productions! Talking Scarlet have produced the play before, in 2007, with Karen Henson and George Telfer, but this time the cast will be Sabina Franklyn (Coronation Street) as Elizabeth and Philip Stewart (Blood Brothers) as Michael.

Charming and good looking but never more than a few steps from self-destruction, Michael is an out-of-work actor who was once on the verge of stardom. Elizabeth is a theatre-obsessed ex-dancer who is now wheelchair-bound and lives alone in a large country house. When she contacts Michael's agent and offers a large fee if Michael will visit her and act out a play she has written, he jumps at the chance. The evening appears to begin quite straightforwardly. But when they start to read Elizabeth's script, Michael is startled to find disturbing similarities to real life including an apparent transcript of the first conversation they had when he arrived. How could she have possibly written that beforehand?

Devonshire Park Theatre, Tue 25th to Sat 29th Jun, 19:45.
Wed and Sat matinees, 14:30.
Tickets various prices, available online, by calling 01323 412000 or in person from the Box Office and the Tourist Information Office.

Special Offer for the Murder In The Park Season: Book all 4 plays for £14 each, Book 3 plays for £16 each (Applies on top price tickets only at the evening performances, no other concessions apply, must be booked at the same time).