Current Season
Bad Blood
by Richard Stockwell
18th - 23rd February 2008

Tom and Vic clear the air

Tom has no time for Jack

Belinda and Smokey

A confrontation for Tom and Smokey

Cast

TomIAN WILKINSONVicYVONNE TEMPLETON
SmokeySTEPHEN BLUNDELLJackDAVID TEMPLETON
BelindaJULIE MARIE MITCHELLDirectorTONY CROSS

Synopsis

Years ago, Tom had an affair with Catherine who became pregnant and had an abortion - or so he thinks. Now he is married to Vic and is desperate to be a father. Enter Smokey, a tearaway whose girlfriend Belinda is none other than Catherine and Tom's daughter. Tom's wish to be a father is fulfilled, but remember the saying "be careful what you wish for - you might just get it". Fast moving, bloody and savage modern thriller.

Directors Notes

AN IDEAL COUPLE WITH EVERYTHING MONEY CAN BUY EXCEPT A CHILD. THEN, LIKE A BOLT FROM THE BLUE, GHOSTS FROM THE PAST SET OFF A CHAIN OF EVENTS THAT PUTS BOTH BLOOD TIES AND LIFE LONG RELATIONSHIPS TO THE TEST.

"A roller coaster ride of twists and turns and double crosses where noone is quite who they seem. With undercurrents of sexual tension and jealous passion, it is a psychological jigsaw cutting its way to the ultimate endgame - murder".... "not for the faint-hearted" .... " provocative".... "taut psychological drama that will keep you guessing to the very end"

I suppose I must agree with this pre-production publicity that heralded the tour of Bad blood in 2003 starring the infamous Gillian Taylforth and written by Richard Stockwell, whose previous credits had included writing for Eastenders for two years.

I must admit that Bad Blood makes me uncomfortable, uneasy. Certainly it will not be to everyone's taste but perhaps that is what theatre is all about.

Someone once told me that I should do something out of my comfort zone. Having recently directed the musicals Anything Goes, Oklahoma and The King and I this play is certainly way out of my comfort zone; it may well be out of yours too!

I suspect you might find the play challenging - as it has challenged me and my talented cast - but please bear with us. It is different, you won't always enjoy it but it will give you something to think and talk about. Please remember, as uncomfortable as you may feel in parts of this play, all may not be as it seems!

Reviews

  • "... certainly keeps the audience guessing until the end."
  • "... a modern thriller with a handful of deadly sins thrown in ..."
  • "Two new theatre members made impressive debuts ... Ian Wilkinson was on top form as Tom..."
    • Sue Butterfield - Telegraph and Argus


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