Au­di­ence set for chal­lenge as theatre Di­als M for Mur­der – and Mys­tery ...

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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

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