billed as a psychological thriller, with the calm of the
disagreeable, wheelchair-bound Mrs Bramson’s household being
shattered with the appearance of the young, insolent Dan, who charms
his way into the affections of the women of the household, whilst
hiding a dark secret.
prologue from the Lord Chief Justice (Rob Wondrak) in a stentorious
fashion outlined the fact that two murders have been committed and
indicated that the perpetrator will have to suffer the full weight of
was excellent, cunningly arranged to enable manoeuvrability of Mrs
Bramsom’s wheelchair. The disagreeable Mrs Bramsom was played
brilliantly, with acerbic severity by Liz Hutchinson, to the
displeasure of the household. Even her attendant nurse, (Judith
Essery) suffered her waspish tongue. This contrasted well to the
cheerful, confident performance of Olivia, her niece (Laurence
Goodwin). She stood up well to the barbs of Mrs Bramson and the
advances of Hubert, a friend to whom she was growing close. Hubert
(Rory Phillips) was self-assured in his dealings with everyone.
Olivia eventually falls for Dan and possibly would be his escape, had
it not been for the seemingly inept Inspector Belsize (Nick Smith),
who catches up with him in the end.
appears at the house after Dora, the, maid, (Kate Astley O’Connor)
announces that she is pregnant by him. Although clumsy and somewhat
naive, Dora maintains her flirtatious fondness for Dan, throughout.
This is in contrast to the forthrightness of Mrs Terence, the cook,
(Mary Drennan) who had good interaction with Dora, but sees through
Dan for the villain that he is.
superbly played by Joe O’Connor presented, constantly changing
characteristics. His jumpy, but engaging personality wins over Mrs
Bramson who is completely taken in by him and moves him in as carer,
until he suffocates in her wheelchair. His wild use of the entire
stage, whilst keeping up an entirely appropriate, but annoying
nervous laugh, was good.
and suspense were maintained throughout, with tangible changes of
mood. Dan, exposed as murderer of the woman found in the rubbish heap
was handled well. The whole cast were very well cast and gave a
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