Wait Until Dark

Date 25th September 2021
Society Mustard Theatre Company
Venue The Gallery Studio Theatre, Ipswich
Type of Production Play
Director Steven Phipps
Producer Rob Backhouse

Report

Author: Derek Dixey

Wait Until Dark is a tense thriller by Frederick Knott. A sinister con man named Roat and two ex-convicts, Mike and Croker, are about to meet their match. They have traced the location of a mysterious doll, which they are much interested in, to the home of Sam Henderson and his blind wife, Susy. Sam had apparently been persuaded by a strange woman to bring a doll from Amsterdam, not knowing that sewn inside were several packets of heroin. Set in a basement flat in Notting Hill Gate in 1966.

The hard working and talented cast coped very well with a complex and very wordy script, gradually revealing their characters and the plot to the audience and dealing with some slightly confusing character changes until all became clear. Unfair, perhaps, to single one out, but it has to be said, as the blind victim of the plot Rachel Keveren, as Susy, was exceptional giving a flawless performance with confidence and conviction. Very well done. A nice, rather more than cameo role was played by the young Scarlett Fisher as Gloria, indicative of a promising future on the stage.

Good direction from Steven Phipps carefully building the tension throughout to an explosive and quite brutal final scene bringing gasps from the audience.

A good working set, obviously designed for transportation to the various theatres on the tour and was enhanced by effective lighting and sound effects.  Costumes were of the period and well sourced.

Overall an entertaining and at times most gripping production was enjoyed by all. Well done once again Mustard Theatre Company.