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Group plots to keep audience in suspense

TENSION ... rehearsing for their next play at The Little Theatre in Cleadon are, from left, Bill Dodds, Gill Crossley and Ian Reah.

TENSION ... rehearsing for their next play at The Little Theatre in Cleadon are, from left, Bill Dodds, Gill Crossley and Ian Reah.

A DRAMA group is hoping to keep its audience in suspense with its spring play.

Cleadon Village Drama Club is staging NJ Crisp’s 1987 play, Dangerous Obsession, later this month.

The show tells the tale of John Barrett, a stranger who turns up at Sally and Mark Driscoll’s luxury house on a summer’s afternoon.

They don’t realise that his visit will change their lives forever.

Gran-of-one Denise Wilson, of Newark Drive, Whitburn, will direct the play, and is sure it will keep the crowds guessing.

She said: “Audiences will be on the edge of their seats, following the nail-biting twists and turns of the play.

“They will be trying to work out what the mysterious stranger knows and what secrets they all hold.

“In the play, no one is quite what they seem.

“It is a difficult play to stage, but I’m sure people will love it.”

The play was turned into a film in 1999, starring Ray Winston, Sherilyn Fenn and Tim Dutton.

But Crisp was so appalled at the end result that he insisted on having his name removed from the final print. Before moving into the world of theatre, Crisp wrote scripts for hit television shows, including Dixon of Dock Green and Colditz.

Mrs Wilson added: “The production contains intrigue and mystery, and has some startling scenes.

“I’m sure when audiences get home they will be very careful before opening their doors to even the most pleasant of strangers!”

The play has a cast of three, and stars Cleadon regulars Ian Reah, Gill Crossley, and Bill Dodds.

Dangerous Obsession is on at The Little Theatre in Boldon Lane, Cleadon, from April 16 to 21.

Tickets cost £5. For more details, call 536 1858.

 

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