Drama club putting on psychological thriller

Dorset Echo: Julia Booth as Anne Bennett, Gina Huntley as Julia Darrow and Joe Parsons as Gary in Weymouth Drama Club’s Dead Guilty Julia Booth as Anne Bennett, Gina Huntley as Julia Darrow and Joe Parsons as Gary in Weymouth Drama Club’s Dead Guilty

A TAUT psychological thriller to get the grey matter working is the next production by Weymouth Drama Club.

Dead Guilty is a finely-crafted piece by Richard Harris that is guaranteed to have you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.

Julia Darrow is recovering from an injury sustained in a car accident in which her employer, John, was killed. She is being helped in her recovery by social worker Anne Bennett and odd job man Gary when John’s widow, Margaret arrives on the scene.

Margaret is seeking consolation for her loss and the two women form a bond. But are either of them what they seem?

Is Anne the straightforward counsellor she appears to be? And what is Gary’s brooding response to his apparent rebuttal by Julia?

Colin Clare, who is directing the play, said: “Richard Harris is a fine playwright whose works include Stepping Out and the cricketing comedy Outside Edge. Dead Guilty is a tense psychological thriller.”

He added: “It is some time since the club tackled a play like this and we have some fine actors stepping up to take on really demanding parts. It is also technically challenging and our excellent team of set designers, lighting and sound technicians and props team are using their combined skills to bring the story to life.”

The cast is made up of a number of familiar drama club faces including Gina Huntley as Julia Darrow, Julia Booth as Anne Bennett, Joe Parsons as Gary, Lela Martin as Margaret Haddrell and Geo Brown as the voice of the coroner.

You can see Dead at The Warehouse Theatre, 7 Hope Street, Weymouth from April 18 to 21 at 7.30pm.

Tickets are £8 and can be purchased via weymouthdramaclub.com.

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