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by Alfred Shaughnessy

directed by Barbara Simpson




The action takes place in the Villa Anita on the Costa del Sol a few years ago.

This play is a thriller, first performed at the Thorndike Theatre, Leatherhead, in February, 1984. It has been adapted from the film - Cast a Crooked Shadow.

The play opens with Olivia Prescott. a rich attractive heiress, and her beloved uncle Charles, saying goodnight to their guests. These guests have just attended a dinner party held in the luxurious villa, owned by Olivia, situated near to Marbella, Spain. What happens next and over the next couple of days sends Olivia into a state of confusion, fear, anger and despondency. The twists and turns of the plot will keep you guessing as to the final outcome, right up to the end of the play and beyond!
Barbara Simpson - Director


Production Manager - Martin Chadwick
.Set Design - Nigel Catterall
Set Construction - The Garrick Team
Special Paint Effects - Noreen Lobo
Stage Manager - Norman Bell
Properties - Susan Cottam
Wardrobe - Lynne Atkinson, Frances Singleton & Cast
Sound - Richard Lord
Lighting - Richard l' Anson
Prompt - Dorothy Spencer
Front of House - David Baxter
Photographs - David Evans
Posters - Nigel Catterall
Programme- Martin Chadwick

We welcome Noreen Lobo to our production team.


Some of you may wonder why we no longer get a review of a production in Friday's Burnley Express during play week. This, we are informed, is because opening on a Wednesday is too late for Friday's edition, so we have to wait until the following week for a review.

Hang on! we've opened on Wednesday night for over twenty years and. with the help of Denis Murtagh and his predecessors writing copy into the early hours, we have usually had a report and photograph in Friday's paper. Now we have modern technology such as computers, emails etc., which, I thought were invented to make things easier and quicker. But no, we have to wait a week before a report is published.
The Mechanic's Theatre appears to be consistently under review and the threat of closure seems constantly in the air. It is now the performing home of several local groups. Should it close it will be a body blow to the amateur theatre of this town.

Reviews of productions are important. They can bring people into the theatre, put "bums on seats'', as they say, but only if they are published during the run, not after it.

If you have any opinions on this subject why not drop a note to the editor and express them - no pun intended.