House Guest

Venue : Redditch Palace Theatre

Date : October 1990

Genre : Thriller

Director

Roger Warren
Director

Mary Mellor
Assistant Director

Cast

Joy Rodgers
Vivien Norwood

Karen Ashley
Jane Mercer

Estelle Shutkever
Stella Drury

John Parkes
Robert Drury

Mike Beamish
Insp Burford

Jonathan Prior
Sgt Clayton

Beryl Linforth
Dorothy Medway

John Parkes
Philip Henderson

Crew

Dave Wilkins
Set Design

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Bill Arris
Set Realisation

Ted Rodgers
Stage Manager

Anne Cherry
Assistant Stage Manager

Tony Goswell
Lighting

Val Archer

Val Archer
Properties

Gerry Solomon
Properties

Angela Smith
Publicity

Karen Ashley
Transport

Jack Parramore
Front of House

Crew

Dave Wilkins
Set Design

Bill Arris
Set Realisation

Ted Rodgers
Stage Manager

Anne Cherry
Assistant Stage Manager

Tony Goswell
Lighting

Val Archer
Properties

Gerry Solomon
Properties

Angela Smith
Publicity

Karen Ashley
Transport

Jack Parramore
Front of House

Production Gallery

Production Reviews

House Guest - Wythall Theatre Group

THIS thriller had more startling lurches and nasty surprises around the corner than the roller coaster at Blackpool Pleasure Beach.

Amateur dramatic societies tend to stick with the staple fare of Alan Ayckbourn-type farces, thinking that's what audiences want.

But, as Agatha Christie and Ruth Rendell will testify, there's nothing the British love more than a good juicy whodunnit. In House Guest it was not a case of whodunnit but why-he-do-it? The plot centred on the kidnapping of the son of a top British actor and his wife. The kidnappers didn't want money, they just wanted to stay in the couple's house for 48 hours.

Just as you thought you knew what was going on, the plot changed direction, somebody was murdered - and all your theories were ruined. Confused? The Palace Theatre audience were, but loved it. They whooped with delight every time another corpse hit the stage.

Wythall Theatre Group certainly did justice to Francis Durbridge's top-notch drama. Everyone was convincing, but worth a special mention were Estelle Shutkever and John Parkes as the actor and his wife.

Jane Tyler, Publication Unknown