Pack of Lies

Date 12th November 2016
Society High Tor Players
Venue Wirksworth Town Hall
Type of Production Play
Director Jane Small


Author: Keith Scott-Savage

Based on a true incident set in suburban Ruislip Surrey,  Hugh Whitemore`s play tells of the events leading up to the arrest of 60`s spy Gordon Lonsdale and two of his accomplices Peter and Helen Kroger.  Their neighbour`s house, owned by the Jackson family, is used by intelligence services to reveal their spying activities. 

A gripping, but rather slow moving and very wordy play was well enacted by the cast.  Bob Jackson and his wife Barbara, portrayed by Chris Gale and Susan Devaney give a good account as the plain suburban family caught up in the events.  Charlotte Gale as Susan their teenage daughter gave a most creditable performance.  There were also first rate displays by Peter Wilmot as Peter Kroger and Alicia Bloundele as his vivacious wife Helen.  I liked Simon Brister as the civil servant who had to oversee the dealings  with the Jacksons, a most commendable portrayal.  Good support came  from Fran Happe as Thelma and Pauline Revill as Sally who completed the cast.

A very enjoyable evening.