by J B Priestley
Freda Caplin............................ Suzanne Macpherson
Miss Mackridge-------------------- Rose Floyd
Olwen Peel--------------------Elaine Elliott
Charles Stanton------------------ Ian Halverson
Gorden Whitehouse......................... Matthew Mitchell
Robert Caplin----------------------Keith Cummings
Betty Whitehouse.............................Lucy Elliott
Lighting and sound
Phyl Romeril ( Waltham Forest Guardian)
One of Priestley's TIME plays, this is a deftly constructed drama of suspense. murder and passion, filled with surprise.
Following a dinner party, family and guests discuss the merits of the proverb let sleeping dogs lie, all disagreeing about the wisdom of truth with a decree that life has a lot of dangerous corners. on the surface the couples appear to be harmoniously suited but they are all really ill matched in fact, we have a collectionof unpleasant characters guilty of acts of deceit.
All are adulterers, dislullusional and unhappy, making for plently of emotional outbursts.
This conversational drama, filled with many tense and angry moments, suddenly begins to duplicate identical words and movements from the opening scene. But at the point of reopening the discussion, the wireless starts to play music and they decide to dance to the music, giving us the hint that it is better to let sleeping dogs lie.
Global presented a fulsome, well-staged production of this classic in the studio Theatre at Harlow Playhouse, which sadly failed to draw a large audience.
Those who did attend witnessed some skilled members present further evidence of the high quality and knowledge of stagecraft there are able to project.
The partnership between Suzanne MacPherson and Keith Cummings was colourful and energetic. Elaine Elliott created a calm and caring Olwen whilst young up-and-coming actress Lucy Elliott had a confident grasp of her actions and reactions.
There was also clarity and strength in Ian Halverson's interpertation. He adopted posture was just right for Charles. Matthew mitchell's otherwise good performance was impaired by several faulty facial expressions, which I am sure he will overcome. At times his volume swamped his clarity of diction.
A small cameo from Rose Floyd was light relief from the tense and dramatic moments which incidentally were pointed.
The setting was the best I have seen from Global at Harlow. Michael Philips directed, and Dave Mason handled lighting and sound, assisted by Christopher Powell.