Audience set for challenge as theatre Dials M for Murder – and Mystery ...
WE’RE in for real thrills this Friday as our second main season production, the classic Dial M for Murder, comes to the Little Theatre stage.
Crime dramas are perennially popular with our audiences.
To get to the heart of why, we caught up with Dial M’s director Celia Timmington.
She sums up their appeal simply: the audience like to think, they like to solve the mystery before the end of the show and they love a good scare!
She says: “Dial M for Murder is a very strongly written story with twists and turns.
“They appear obvious, but because it’s so convoluted, it muddles the brain.
“The audience think they’ve cracked it – then, two minutes later, it changes!
“Even after the curtain has come down, it’s the sort of story that keeps people talking – it lives in the mind and generates conversation.
“They enjoy the anticipation of being challenged, of being able to understand where the story is going.
“Spectators become sleuths, hoping to beat one another to get to the right answer and crack the case.
“With a play of this nature, they want more than a light laugh or a bit of escapism, they want to feel part of the story.
“The audience can identify with the characters but when extraordinary circumstances befall ordinary people it can be unsettling and even frightening.
“People enjoy being gripped at the edge of their seats and they certainly won’t be disappointed.”
Celia has even added a note in the programme, slightly tongue-in-cheek, asking for people not to fall out too much with each other arguing over the many twists and turns.
As one of the SDC’s most experienced directors, Celia is well aware of the skill and balance needed to deliver a complex show like Dial M for Murder without losing the core of its dramatic impact.
She tells of how somebody approached the box office and asked if it has been directed as a farce.
It definitely hasn’t, it’s a serious thriller.
Dial M for Murder is powerful and complicated.
Celia has found it a real challenge to put together but is delighted by the results.
She has been blessed with a capable cast including Adrienne Ledson as Margot Wendice, Howerd Kernhahan as Tony Wendice, Steve Pritchard as Max Halliday, Leslie Cheesman as Chief Inspector Hubbard and Graeme Hunt as Captain Lesgate.
She is ably assisted by Jenny Parker as prompt, Ged Whittle as Stage Manager, Chris Ratcliffe on the sound desk and Alan Gosling as the lighting designer.
Norma Lydon will be helping with props.
Dial M for Murder opens this Friday, October 26.
Tickets are on sale now and our Box Office is open from 11am-1.30pm and two hours before each performance.
Call the Box Office on 01704 530 521/530 460.
Dial M for Murder is on at The Little Theatre, Southport, from October 26 to November 3
Director Celia Timmington