The 39 Steps

Date 18th May 2015
Society Retford Little Theatre
Venue Retford Little Theatre
Type of Production play
Director Frank Stamp


Author: Anne Key-Huckerby

Sensibly, since this comedic adaptation by Patrick Barlow of John Buchan's tale takes you all over the place from London to various parts of Scotland, the set was kept to a minimum. This worked a treat , and I give full marks to the stage crew on their efficiency. The lighting was most evocative and so were the sound effects. The costumes were great! Of the four members of the cast, Robert Warburton was the only one who played just one character. His portrayal of Richard Hannay was excellent throughout. Donnamarie Stamp was originally seen as Annabella Schmitt, and after that character's demise became a young lady named Margaret and latterly was Pamela Edwards. Barry Nicholls and Julian Roberts were responsible for all manner of roles [both male and female] as the two clowns. They were hilariously amusing cheerfully swapping dialects as well as costumes....sometimes on the run. I liked the choice of incidental music which all added up to the fun. In short, this was a real tonic; a most entertaining evening. Well done.