Wroxham & Coltishall

REVIEW: Night Must Fall by the Jubilee Players

Just Regional
Jun 23, 2016 2 mins read

Night Must Fall, Tithe Barn,  Horstead

The Jubilee Players presented their latest summer production, Night Must Fall by Emlyn Williams, on  Tuesday (June 21). The final date is tomorrow.

The Players never disappoint and always produce a superb evening’s entertainment. This production is one of their best, an atmospheric thriller set in the 1930s centring onan elderly lady, Mrs Bramson (Cynthia Gosling) who rules over her small household of her niece Olivia Grayn e(Michelle Jay), her housekeeper Mrs Terence (Sue Furness) and maid Dara Parkoe (Hannah Cunningham) from her wheelchair.

She is a blatent hypochondriac with a wicked tongue but is open to flattery. The action takes place in the bungalow home of Mrs Bransom which is situated in an isolated part of a dark wood. She is a wealthy but mean woman who is only concerned with her own well-being. Her niece Olivia, who is at her beck and call, is employed as her companion, Hubert Laurie (Paul Skippings) an amiable but boring man is Olivia’s suitor. Mrs Terence, the housekeeper, knows how to handle Mrs Bramson so sparks fly between them. Dora the maid has been seduced by Dan (Ray Tempesta), a bell boy and finds herself pregnant. Dan is summoned to see Mrs Bramson to account for his actions and marry Dora, but he charms the old lady with attention and flattery and becomes part of her houshold.

There is the discovery of a murdered woman in the grounds of the bungalow which causes fear and suspicion amongst the residents of the bungalow. As the day turns into night the tension and fear build up. The atmosphere of the period is produced by the stage set of period furniture and music of the 1930s. The costumes also provide the feel of the period. Ray Tempesta gave a powerful performance as Dan decending into confusion and madness. A moving edge of your seat performance by the Jubilee Players, a very talented company.  

Kevin and Sandra Stone
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