Deathtrap at the Dolman Theatre

The Dolman Theatre in Newport South Wales is owned and run by the Newport Playgoers Society. Each year the society puts on eight plays, each of which runs for one week, Wednesday to Saturday.

IMG_7327Newport Playgoers Society (NPS) provides the main amateur dramatic outlet in the city. They have been around since 1924 and have administered the Dolman Theatre since 1967. Their plays are staged in September, October, November, December (youth production), January, February, April, May and June, usually during the third week of the month. They run from Wednesday to Saturday, starting at 7:15pm, with an additional matinee performance at 2:30pm on the Saturday. At any given moment, there are normally three plays in rehearsal.

IMG_7324Deathtrap is a play (comedy-thriller) written by Ira Levin in 1978 with many plot twists and which references itself as a play within a play. It is in two acts with one set and five characters. Levin was described in the New York Times as: ‘a mild-mannered playwright and novelist who likes nothing better than giving people the creeps… he builds a world of quietly looming menaces in which anything can happen to anyone at anytime.’

Deathtrap Synopsis

The student of a down and out playwright sends, and subsequently brings, what he feels is the perfect suspense play to his mentor’s Connecticut home, for comment – or has he? Without a success for years the playwright considers how he might plagiarise the play. This forms the crux of Ira Levin’s thriller. The trap is set for a game full of twists and secrets.

In the top photograph: Clifford Anderson (James Symonds) has the upper hand over Sidney Bruhi (Chris Bissex-Wiliams ) in this part of the play.

In the second photograph: Clifford Anderson (James Symonds) is looking down the barrel of a gun held by Sidney Bruhi (Chris Bissex-Wiliams ).

Director…………………………….Claudia Barnes

Cast (In order of speaking)

Sidney Bruhi………………………Chris Bissex-Williams

Myra Bruhi…………………………Clare Drewett

Clifford Anderson………………..James Symonds

Helga Ten Dorp…………………..Emma Brunock

Porter Milgram…………………..Jerry Grummitt


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