Production 95 Who Killed Santa Claus?

Who Killed Santa ClausBy Terence Feely

 

Performed on Thu 12th to Sat 14th January 1978 at The Little Theatre

 

The Cast

The Cast

Connie Bell Glenys Cresswell
Jack Campell Barnes Ken Roberts
Barbara Love Rebecca Cobb
Christopher Moore Alex Thomson
Paul Reston George Clemmy
Don Lewis Nick Cavell
Ray Lacey Simon Archer
Dave Ogden Nicholas Kidd

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Previews/Reviews

Previews/Reviews

Who Killed Santa Claus?

A Thriller Hits The Jackpot

The Guild Players opened their 1978 season with a traditional whodunit, which was excellent entertainment. It flagged only in the final moments when the author badly overwrote the denouement. Who Killed Santa Claus? - written by Terence Feely – is a murder mystery crowded with suspects and filled with red herrings. Jim Smith, directed the production, sustained interest all evening and built up the suspense tightly to the final curtain. This was a particularly pleasing play for it brought to the fore members of Deal Youth Theatre and Theatre Workshop, for which Jim Smith has worked so hard. Who Killed Santa Claus? Establishes Rebecca Cobb as an amateur actress of stature. Her characterisation of a ruthless TV personality was excellent. I only hope she can find the time for more appearances. Alex Thomson is one of those stalwarts of local theatre who takes a variety of roles and never turns in a bad performance. In this production he was very much at home as a highly sophisticated policeman. This was pleasing entertainment, which made no great demands on the players or audience. Certainly Jim Smith must have more opportunity as a director. There was a well-studied performance from Simon Archer as an extrovert make-up man, which brought home some much-needed comedy to the production. Nick Kidd was making his debut in a senior production and his portrayal of a young man with psychological problems was nicely restrained and yet fully emotive. Glenys Cresswell, the murder victim, gave a highly competent performance and there was a welcome new face to be found in Ken Roberts, a personable performer. George Clemmy and Nick Cavell completed the cast, each having parts of unlikeable people and they were both able to convey the meanness and dark side of the career builder.

Published in The East Kent Mercury 19th January 1978

Murder Among The Merrymakers

Mystery and murder at a Christmas party was the theme of Who Killed Santa Claus? by The Guild Players at The Little Theatre, Deal last week. With plot and counter‑plot galore, the play became rather confusing, but suspense was kept up until the end. The scene throughout was a TV team’s Christmas party in Chelsea, the hostess being the star of the programme, Barbara Love. Threats had been made that one of her guests would kill her before the evening’s end, but who? Rebecca Cobb, as Barbara Love, was most convincing, and Glenys Cresswell gave a good performance as her apparently devoted secretary. Alex Thomson as the sophisticated Detective Superintendent gave an amusing performance, even though he didn’t seem like a policeman. In fact, he professed to have so many different careers, that even now, I’m still not quite sure what he was. The bitchiness and superficiality of showbiz life was ell portrayed by the dedicated four-man TV crew, whose real thoughts came to light as they were dragged further into the intrigue. Ken Roberts epitomised their falseness as the lover of the blackmailing secretary. George Clemmy’s thwarted and bitter performance was very credible, and Nick Cavell was adequate. As the colourful homosexual make-up man, Simon Archer was funny and certainly looked the part. Nicholas Kidd was very good as a strange boy, obsessed with the idea of Barbara Love. Jim Smith directed the play. The set designs by Tony Kilshawe and George Clemmy were attractive and efficient.

E.R.
Published in The Dover Express, 20th January 1978

Production Team

Production Team

Director Jim Smith
Front of House Alan Cresswell
Stage Managers Simon MacGregor, David Fairclough & Neil Cox
Lighting Gordon Crier & Nick Tigwell
Set Design Tony Kilshawe & George Clemmy
Bar Peter Woods & Peter Eckersley
Buffet Vera Eckersley
Murals Carol Jewkes
Special Sound Effects Jamie Cresswell