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January 24th - January 27th
Kidnap can be a murderous game
A world stage premiere from the pen of one of the world’s greatest thriller writers.
Starring PAUL OPACIC, RICHARD WALSH, KAREN DRURY, DEAN SMITH, FLORENCE CADY, RACHAEL HART, EVA SAYER, MATTHEW WELLMAN, JOG MAHER and JOE EYRE.
When Sandor snatched little Joe from the path of a London tube train, he was quick to make clear the terms of the rescue. “I saved your life”, he told the homeless youngster, “so your life belongs to me now”.
Sandor began to tell him a fairy-tale: an ageing prince, a kidnapped princess chained by one ankle, a missed rendezvous … But what did this mysterious story have to do with Sandor? Joe only understood his own role – he was a Gallowglass, the servant of a chief…
Starring Paul Opacic (Bad Girls/Emmerdale/Hollyoaks), Richard Walsh (London’s Burning), Karen Drury (Brookside), Dean Smith (Last Tango in Halifax/Waterloo Road), Florence Cady (Crucible of the Vampire), Rachael Hart (Apple Tree House), Eva Sayer (The Turn Of The Screw) and introducing Joe Eyre as Sandor, this classy thriller is brought to you by Middle Ground Theatre Company, whose recent productions include Classic Ghosts, The Verdict and A Murder Is Announced.
Ticket price includes a £1 contribution to our heritage fund.
Praise for the novel GALLOWGLASS:
“Marvellously gripping….tense, compulsive and beautifully written” Sunday Express
“Gallowglass is RUTH RENDELL (Barbara Vine) at her best….it is compulsive reading; an unsettling narrative that casts eerie shadows into the unknown” Woman’s Journal
Gallowglass comes from the pen of Barbara Vine - better known as Ruth Rendell - and the title refers to a kind of enforced servitude prevalent in Celtic tribes of old. Here the action is firmly set in the 1990's (hence the appearance of a now old-fashioned cassette recorder and the ability to ride the tube's Circle Line all day for 60p!) and in London and the East of England countryside and coastline.
Poor Joe. Not only does a failed suicide attempt lead him to be enslaved to his saviour Sandor, but he has to endure numerous facial changes to ensure that he cannot be identified by the people he has to set out to track on behalf of his new Master, namely country gent Ralph Apsoland and his wife Nina. Nina has already been subject to a kidnap attempt in the past and seems destined to be part of another as Sandor attempts to blackmail not so much the couple, but Paul Garnett, the man who has recently been taken on to protect the wife and has to decide how much he can be tempted to betray her.
And so the scene is set for a psychological thriller which will have you guessing who exactly are these people and how ultimately are they connected, for there is more to the relationships - right up to the very end, in fact - than meets the eye.
Cleverly moving between the dozen or so locations with the use of filmed backdrops and a split set which portrays two internal locations (though some of the off-set scenery changes were a bit noisy!), there are some famous faces in the cast of the play which is in the early stages of its tour and comes from the reliably expert hands of Middle Ground Theatre Company (now in its 30th year as an unsubsidised production company). Richard Walsh (Sicknote in LWT's London's Burning), Paul Opacic (Steve Marchant in Emmerdale) and Karen Drury (the ill-fated Susannah Farnham in C4's Brookside) head the star names but they get great support from fellow actors Dean Smith, Florence Cady, Rachael Hart, Eve Sayer, Matthew Wellman, Jog Maher and Joe Eyre (the latter playing the rather worryingly unhinged character of Sandor, around whom the whole story revolves)
The play, which was made into a three-part series by the BBC in 1993, gets a short run at Malvern, running only from Wednesday till Saturday.
Superb performance. A great combination of humour and serious acting. BRAVO!
Fantastic production : fast moving scenes , superb acting and deep storyline . Just a shame not more Malvern people people supporting this great company - come on malvern get booking only 2 nights left