Enjoy a Deadly Nightcap at Wombwell

Wombwell Thespians Amateur Dramatic Society get ready for their latest performance. Pictured at the rehearsal are: (seated, L-R) David Shone, David Challenger, (standing, L-R) Sue Wilkie, Deborah White and Fraser Smith.
Wombwell Thespians Amateur Dramatic Society get ready for their latest performance. Pictured at the rehearsal are: (seated, L-R) David Shone, David Challenger, (standing, L-R) Sue Wilkie, Deborah White and Fraser Smith.

A GRIPPING ‘whodunnit’ is the new forthcoming production by Wombwell Thespians.

In a move away from the farcical comedies that have proved popular in recent times, the Thespians embrace intrigue and suspense. They will stage the thriller ‘Deadly Nightcap’ by Francis Durbridge next month.

The plot revolves around an apparently happy couple - Jack and Sarah Radford. But Jack is nursing sinister plans that involve his wife, her death, and a lucrative future for himself.

First, to disguise a potential murder as a suicide, Jack must convince an ignorant Sarah that she is on the verge of a breakdown. He needs help to dispose of her body and enlists the support of his girlfriend Anna. But there are unforeseen problems...

The play has more than its fair share of blind alleys, the Times was told. Almost everyone has a motive for murder, and there is no one clear suspect.

Durbridge has written 35 novels and several radio and TV series, and is probably best known for his enduring character Paul Temple.

This cast includes a newcomer in David Challenger. David became heavily involved in acting, writing, producing and directing 17 years ago. For the past 12 years he has produced (and acted in) dramas for Grenoside Players. He has had six plays published for the amateur stage, and stepped in to play the lead role of Jack Radford when a fellow Thespian had to step down due to work commitments.

Other cast members include: Deborah White, Frazer Smith, Sue Wilkie, David Shone, Lesley Waygood, Rachael Connell, Russell Yapp, Gary Haddington and Ian Cartwright.

‘Deadly Nightcap’ is produced by Chris Parker and runs from April 11 to 14 at The Playhouse Theatre, Park Street, Wombwell. Performances begin at 7:15pm.

Tickets are available from members, at High Street News from March 31 or at the theatre door.

Pictured above are Thespians who include L-R (front) David Shone, David Challenger, (back) Sue Wilkie, Deborah White, Fraser Smith.