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June 20th - June 24th
April 1939. An English couple, Peter and Suzy, are living in Provence in idyllic isolation, far, it seems, from the rumblings of the coming war.
Their peace is shattered from within when Suzy discovers she has been betrayed: Peter is not the man he claims to be. Suzy’s life is thrown into turmoil as the possibility arises that Peter may in fact be a ruthless killer on the run. Then a Scotland Yard detective arrives and events become even more complicated and frightening… Lies, subterfuge and murder make this fast-moving thriller a dark and disturbing roller coaster of bluff and double bluff.
Starring Brian Capron (Coronation Street, Where the Heart Is, Grange Hill, Celebrity Masterchef), Corrinne Wicks (Emmerdale, Doctors) and Gary Turner (Emmerdale).
“It grips you by the throat from start to finish… full of twists and turns” The Stage
“Savour this deadly dish of murder Provencal…” Worcester News
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Lovers of classic British TV have a lot to thank Brian Clemens for. Creator of The Avengers and The Professionals and scriptwriter for many other classics such as ATV’s Thriller series, Bergerac and even the man behind BBC’s comedy series, My Wife Next Door, Clemens’ writing extended also to plays now being presented on stage. After “Sherlock Holmes & The Ripper Murders” a couple of years ago, the latest outing from Talking Scarlet is Clemens’ Strictly Murder, a tense thriller starring Brian Capron, Corinne Wicks, Gary Turner, Andrew Fettes and Lara Lemon. And as with the previous production, the family connection remains as it is directed by Clemens’ son Sam.
There are again shades of TV production here, which is no bad thing, as each half is split into 3 roughly equal scenes which convey the story in two different time periods some 5 months apart. The music which introduces each scene was specially composed for the show and effectively brings both a creepy element to the proceedings as well as an indication that “war is coming” as the play is set in rural France in 1939.
As you would expect from the master of thriller writing, the plot twists and turns and you are never quite sure who is the “baddy” or who to feel any sympathy for. Bluff and double bluff abound as Suzy, who has set up home in Provence with the reluctant-to-be-married Peter, tries to make sense of the stories which she is being told about the circumstances behind her lover’s past and the arrival of Ross both clarifies and confuses the matter…
This is one of those plays where you know you should not be believing what you see as there is bound to be a twist which makes you re-think and start all over again - and that is the fun of it.
All is revealed by the end, of course, but it is a cleverly-constructed winding path through the French countryside to get there!
If you get a chance GO SEE, great twists and turns and great acting too, met cast afterwards all lovely, shame to see so many seats empty but I am sure more will turn up this week, have a great week and tour. Robin, Cassie and George xxx