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June 4th - June 8th
Following a West End run in Summer 2018, Anthony Horowitz’s Mindgame returns to Malvern.
Mark Styler, a writer of glossy ‘true crime’ paperbacks, has no idea what he’s walking into when he tries to get an interview with Easterman, a notorious serial killer.
First he has to get past Dr Farquhar, the quixotic head of Fairfields – the asylum where Easterman is kept.
But soon he discovers that nothing is what it seems. Who is the mysterious Borson? Where did he get the meat in the fridge? And why isn’t the skeleton in the closet?
Mindgame is a mind bending psychological thriller from the pen of Anthony Horowitz – creator of Foyles War, the BBC’s New Blood, Alex Rider, the Sherlock Holmes novels House of Silk and Moriarty and the James Bond novel Trigger Mortis.
“A CRACKING THRILLER WITH HINTS AND AMBIGUITIES, TWISTS AND TURNS FROM ONE END TO THE OTHER…GO OUT AND SEE IT.” Nottingham Post
“INTRIGUING AND CHILLING.” Derbyshire Times
Please note that the recommended age is 12+ for this production.
Running Time: Approximately 2 hours, including one 20 minute interval.
Anthony Horowitz is perhaps best known as the author of Foyle’s War and Sherlock Holmes and James Bond novels, but this week, audiences have a second chance to see a somewhat different side to the writer with his play Mindgame, using the concept of a serial killer’s incarceration away from the public’s gaze. And the play’s title simply and accurately describes its contents as the action on stage not only plays with the minds of the cast but also the audience as well.
However, it is difficult to review without giving too much away but simply put, things may not be as they seem in this tale set in an asylum in the Suffolk countryside. Author Mark Styles (Andrew Ryan) wants to get started on his third book about those who kill and couold have the coup of his career as he has arranged a meeting with the Director of the institution, Dr Farquhar (Michael Sherwin) with the aim of meeting one particular inmate, Easterman, who killed his mother. With Nurse Paisley (Angie Smith) being the only other character, the story revolves around the interaction between the three, touching on subjects such as the need for such establishments, who is capable of killing and the nature of evil itself. And is mad the same as evil?
Clues that everything is not what it seems are offered in act two when there are some subtle changes to the set and these will keep you guessing as to what exactly is going on, why is there raw meat in the fridge and is that a “real” skeleton in the room. And pay attention to the window…
A cleverly-written play with some genuinely chilling moments (and a couple which had the audience laughing) and all will be revealed by the end. Just be glad you are not a guest there...
Yet another triumph of a play which keeps you thinking right to the very end. Very well produced and extremely well acted.
Its a must if you have not booked yet.
Great psychological drama, very well acted. Slightly reminiscent of One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest in some respects. A huge amount of dialogue for the two main characters. Pretty impressive! A great pity it was not that well supported....the drama was in the details