Production 159 Gaslight

GaslightBy Patrick Hamilton

Performed on Thu 13th to Sat 15th July 2000 at The Kilshawe Theatre

 

 

 

 

The Cast

The Cast

Mrs. Manningham Justine Sewell
Elizabeth Not Known
Mr. Manningham Nathan Sewell
Nancy Not Known
Ex-Detective Rough Peter Ryder
Servants Patricia Jones & Tracy Pini

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Previews/Reviews

Previews/Reviews

Gaslight

Justine Sewell as Mrs. Manningham

Players Craft a Chilling Thriller

Excellent attention to detail seems to be the hallmark of Guild Players’ productions – from the well-designed posters that seemed to be everywhere in Deal, to the warm welcome front of house to the perfect choice of darkly sinister music played to create an atmosphere before the curtains even opened. Patrick Hamilton’s Gaslight has a marvellous plot, fully exploited by the company. Was Jack Manningham a concerned husband at the end of his tether trying to cope with a mad wife or something more sinister? Was his autocratic behaviour a symptom of the age he lived in or of a dark personality? Nathan Sewell’s performance managed to keep you guessing until the final act and Justine Sewell, as his wife gave a beautifully tuned performance, which took the audience through hope and despair to a splendid final triumphant revenge. The other major role of Rough, the detective, played by Peter Ryder is a tricky one as he had to unravel so much plot throughout his speeches but he managed to do it smoothly and naturally bringing out a great deal of humour which is a good counterpoint to the melodrama. Patricia Jones and Tracy Pini as the loyal and treacherous servants, respectively, gave strong and convincing performances with beautifully created and sustained characterisations. The policemen’s roles are minor but as Pip Piacentino doubled as director of his carefully crafted piece, it was probably just as well. Their entrance was heroic and well timed. Congratulations must also go to all those involved in the creation of set and costumes, thoroughly well produced by Pat Turner.

Liz Turner

Production Team

Production Team

Director Pip Piacentino
Producer Pat Turner

Justine Sewell as Mrs. Manningham & Nathan Sewell as Mr. ManninghamPeter Ryder as Ex-Detective Rough & Justine Sewell as Mrs. Manningham