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Cat's Cradle

Date

18th April 2012

Society

Stage Door Theatre Company

Venue

The Windmill Theatre, Littlehampton

Type of Production

Play

Director

Tony Makey

Report

Author: Jose Harrison

This play written by Leslie Sands, one of the Inspector Frost Series, provided the audience with a very entertaining evening and gave plenty of food for thought regarding the various relationships between the members of cast. The story revolves around the return of Inspector Frost to the village where an unsolved mystery of the disappearance of a 6 month old baby twelve years previously. Martin Sworn proved himself more than capable of coping with a part brought to all our screens by David Jason. The story line kept us all in suspense until the very last minute. All the cast gave good performances especially Barry Tinkler as a journalist in hot pursuit of a good story and David Griffin as Sam Fletcher, the owner of the Inn where the play was set. All the members of the cast were word perfect and gave no indication that this was their opening night but I would like to have seen more obvious passion and general reactions to the disaster looming before them. The pace of movement on stage was very similar. It would have added to the atmosphere if there had been more occasions when people had run on or off stage or moved with more violent reaction. Having said that, there was usually something happening giving a natural feel to the events. The set was good with well balanced furniture and appropriate props, the costumes looked right and the lighting added well to the various scenes. Thank you for giving us a thoroughly enjoyable evening’s entertainment.