Wanstead players bring gripping thriller to life on Ilford stage

PUBLISHED: 10:00 20 May 2017

Members of the Wanstead Players pose for the production of their new murder-mystery comedy

Members of the Wanstead Players pose for the production of their new murder-mystery comedy "To The Manor Undead". Photo: Jenni Clarke

Jenni Clarke

The Wanstead Players are preparing to bring suspenseful thriller House Guest to life at the Kenneth More Theatre.

Director Fiona Hinson was full of praise for the play, which is sure to have audiences hooked as soon as the curtain rises.

She said: “I first read this play a few years ago and I remember I couldn’t put it down. I was totally engrossed.

“The rest of the world stopped around me as I eagerly turned each page.

“I read it again last year and the script had an identical effect on me – I do love a good thriller.”

The plot – written by Francis Durbridge – stems from a simple question: Why would anyone want to kidnap the son of wealthy Hollywood actor couple, Stella and Robert Drury, not for money, but instead to be a house guest at their home in Surrey, England?

So why should Redbridge residents buy a ticket to the Wanstead Players latest offering?

Fiona said: “This gripping thriller is set in the present day and contains all the features of the best thrillers.

“If you want to be reminded what they are, you’ll have to come and see it!

“In true Francis Durbridge form, there is plenty of action to keep the audience glued to their seat and intrigue galore to keep you guessing right up to the final curtain.”

And Fiona revealed that the entire cast have fully bought into making House Guest a compulsive watch for its audience.

“They’re a really funny, warm group to work with,” she said.

“Of course we all know the plot inside out, so what we’ve had to do is work on building tension for the audience, because it is a thriller and we want to leave them asking questions. Which I think we do quite successfully.

“There’s a moment right at the end where hopefully everyone will be walking out of the auditorium discussing whether or not characters were who they said they were.”

House Guest will be on at the KMT, Oakfield Road, Ilford, from Thursday, May 25. Tickets are available on 020 8553 4466.

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