Blood Money

Venue : Redditch Palace Theatre

Date : June 2001

Genre : Thriller

Director

Tony Lacey

Director

Cast

Roger Warren

Mike Mason

Sue George

Elizabeth Mason

Joy Rodgers

Dr Julie Campbell

Abby Stonehall

Sue Thompson

Phil Knight

The Award Show Host

Anne Cherry

Voice

Peter Round

Voice

Adam Lee

Voice

Crew

Paul Hughes

Stage Manager

Peter Round

Stage Director

Mike Beamish

Stage Crew

Beryl Linforth

Stage Crew

Anne Cherry

Stage Crew

Adam Lee

Stage Crew

Elizabeth Round

Stage Crew

Tony Goswell

Lighting

Dave Wilkins

Set Design

John Nolan

Set Construction

John Parkes

Assisted by

Abby Stonehall

Photographs

Crew

Paul Hughes

Stage Manager

Peter Round

Stage Director

Mike Beamish

Stage Crew

Beryl Linforth

Stage Crew

Anne Cherry

Stage Crew

Adam Lee

Stage Crew

Elizabeth Round

Stage Crew

Tony Goswell

Lighting

Dave Wilkins

Set Design

John Nolan

Set Construction

John Parkes

Assisted by

Abby Stonehall

Photographs

Production Gallery

Reviews

This will keep you guessing

Wythall Theatre Company’s current production has a health warning on it for those of a nervous disposition.

The group stages psychological thriller Blood Money at Redditch’s Palace Theatre starting tonight (Friday) and audiences are promised a roller-coaster ride of thrills and spills.

Seven years ago, Mike Mason, star of television’s Bargain Basement, and his wife Liz killed young Carol Mitchell in a hit-and-run car accident – and now it seems they have at last been found out.

It’s not long before there are mysterious phone calls from someone claiming to be Carol, and her name etched in blood appears on Mike’s living room wall.

One night the house is plunged into darkness and shots ring out in the night.

Any one of a multitude of people are implicated in the affair and audiences are left wondering right up to the wondering right up to the final curtain in this chilling tale of guilt, obsession and revenge.

Unknown, Redditch Standard


A Thrilling Show...

It's easy to see why Wythall Theatre Company has swept the awards board lately if this psychological thriller is anything to go by.

This latest production was a welcome departure from previous comedies usually favoured by the company and certainly tested the actors' abilities to the limit, as well as being proper edge-of-the-seat, nail-biting stuff.

It focuses on philanderer Mike Mason (Roger Warren), star of television's Bargain Basement, and his pill-popping, booze-guzzling wife Liz (Sue Lister), who is undergoing treatment for alcoholism by Dr Julie Campbell (Joy Rodgers).

The couple hide a chilling secret. They were responsible for killing young Carol Mitchell in a hit and run car accident seven years ago.

The play opens at the Mason's home shortly before a television award ceremony, in which Mike is nominated to win an award.

Liz arrives home worse for wear and finds neighbour Sue (Abby Stonehall), with whom Mike is having an affair, in the living room, causing another in a string of screaming matches between Mike and Liz.

Before the couple leave for the ceremony, Liz answers a disturbing telephone call from someone claiming to be Carol Mitchell, and on their return find their house has been ransacked.

The plot features twist after twist and really does keep the audience on the edge of their seats as characters reveal who they really are and the play plunges into the murky depths of revenge, murder and intrigue.

Fantastic acting particularly by Joy Rodgers, who gave an incredibly emotional performance as the professional but tormented Dr Campbell, and Roger Warren as ladies man Mike Mason.

The set was also cleverly designed showing books falling off the bookcase, a rocking chair rocking by itself and headlights beaming out into the audience.

Melina Cannon, Redditch Standard


Murderers Most Horrid

The award-winning Wythall Theatre Company returns to the Palace Theatre this week with a chilling tale of death and double crossing.

Blood Money is a psychological thriller involving Mike Mason, star of television’s Bargain Basement and his wife Liz, who killed Carol Mitchell in a hit-and-run car accident seven years ago.

Now it seems they have at last been found out as mysterious telephone calls are received from someone claming to be Carol and her name appears on Mike’s living room wall etched in blood.

Then Liz thinks she is being followed. One night, having returned from a television awards ceremony, the house is plunged into darkness and shots ring out into the night.

Are Sue Thompson, the pretty neighbour who Mike is having an affair with, or Dr Julie Campbell, who treats Liz at a centre for alcoholics, involved?

Palace Theatre publicity officer Paul Hughes said: ‘If you don’t suffer from a nervous disposition and you are not afraid of the dark then this sizzling tale of intrigue, murder, death and double cross is for you.”

Roger Warren, best actor at Birmingham’s Festival of Acting and Musical Entertainment Peripatetic Festival with Wythall Theatre Company’s production of Straight and Narrow stars as Mike Mason.

Also starring is Sue Lister as Liz, Abby Stonehall as Sue Thompson and Joy Rodgers as Dr Julie Campbell, who also won an award at the Birmingham festival for best set dressing.

Melina Cannon, Redditch Advertiser