REVIEW: Dead of Night - Lowther Pavilion, Lytham

Fylde Coast Players Paul Lomax (Dennis) and Andy Cooke'(Jack) with Heather Cartmell (Lynne) and Gill Edwards (Maggie) who are appearing in Dead Of Night
Fylde Coast Players Paul Lomax (Dennis) and Andy Cooke'(Jack) with Heather Cartmell (Lynne) and Gill Edwards (Maggie) who are appearing in Dead Of Night
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Fylde Coast Players have taken a change in direction with their summer production.

Dead of Night is a modern thriller set in the home of antique dealer Jack who is celebrating with his girlfriend Maggie and neighbours Lynne and Dennis.

He has returned triumphant from court where he has been acquitted of manslaughter, having shot an intruder.

As the evening wears on and the drinks flow, it becomes apparent Dennis isn’t the only one to suspect there is more to Jack’s story than mere self-defence.

The dramatic tension between the four, grows steadily, as the splintered relationships develop.

Andy Cooke is excellent as Jack, gradually revealing his more menacing and domineering nature.

Gill Edwards is convincing as the subjugated Maggie and Paul Lomax accurately brings out the rather boring but defiant nature of his character Dennis.

Heather Cartmell shines as his tarty wife Lynne, but the four actors work well together and hold the audience’s attention throughout, upping the pace until the exciting climax.

A classy set contributes to Ian Edmundson’s first production as a director, but for this well-known local amateur actor – it surely won’t be his last.

The small audience were very appreciative, but this play is worthy of a far greater number in attendance.

The play runs until Saturday.

Claire Cassidy