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I'll be Back Before Midnight

by Peter Colley
18th – 23rd May, 2009

A visit from the landlord

George drops in for a drink

Greg's sister stirs up trouble

Jan reaches breaking point

Synopsis

Somewhere between Agatha Christie and a Hitchcock thriller. A nightmare of frightening events occurs when, after seven months in hospital following a nervous breakdown, Jan is brought to an isolated farmhouse by her husband Greg, ostensibly to complete her recovery. Greg’s sister arrives and George, a rather strange and slightly demented old farmer turns up. The scene is set for a perfect concoction of suspense and confusion mixed with just the right amount of comic relief.

Cast

Jan Sanderson
KATRINA WOOD
Greg Sanderson
ANTHONY MORTON
George Willowby
JONATHAN SCOTT
Laura Sanderson
LAURA CAMPBELL
Director
GILLY ROGERS
Assistant to the Director
MARK BROWN

Director's Notes

"I'll Be Back Before Midnight" is a spine-chilling mixture of suspense and shocks, with just the right amount of comedy added. After several months in hospital following a nervous breakdown, Jan is brought to an isolated farmhouse by her husband Greg, ostensibly to complete her recovery. But unsettling things start to happen almost as soon as they arrive....."

I love this play! It is a thriller with a good dash of comedic moments thrown in - but it is definitely more of a thriller than a comedy. I am fortunate to have four talented actors playing the four characters, and then I have another "character" created by all the various effects required in this play and also the set itself and various specific props. It is always difficult to rehearse with a person missing and the effects and props are so important in a play like this. During rehearsals, we have had stage manager and all props people pounding the desk with their fists, going "bang" or "boom" and humming - trying to work out the timing for various moves. Also the props themselves have been a challenge - tricky gadgets, and quirks of the staging, thunder and lightning etc etc. So a big thank you to all those who have slaved away behind the scenes - from Set Design (not to mention all the health and safety issues we have covered!) to the excellent Effects, Props and Lighting teams and superb Stage Manager.

Also a big thank you to the team from the Arts Centre who have been so helpful in working out the H & S aspects of this production.To you, the audience - there ARE some BIG BANGS, EXPLOSIONS and quite a number of BIG "JUMPS" - so be ready for them, and above all - ENJOY IT!

As they say on "Crimewatch" - "don't have nightmares!" Very best wishes, Gilly.

Gilly Rogers

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