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

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