To let sleeping dogs lie or not, that is the question…

All seems well at the Caplan’s independent publishing house until a can of worms is unceremoniously ripped open at Robert and Freda Caplan’s dinner party.

A chance remark plunges the guests into a re-examination of the mysterious events surrounding the recent death of young Martin Caplan, and skeletons come crashing out of the closet in more ways than one. Life will never be the same again … or will it?

JB Priestley’s first play ran to worldwide acclaim when it was first produced in 1932; it was subsequently filmed starring Tyrone Guthrie.  It is one of his renowned ‘time plays’,  in which a chance remark by one of the guests ignites a series of devastating revelations, revealing a hitherto undiscovered tangle of clandestine relationships and dark secrets, the disclosures of which have tragic consequences.  The play ends with time slipping back to the beginning of the evening and the chance remark not being made, the secrets remaining hidden and the ‘dangerous corner’ avoided.  Its beautiful construction, masterful dialogue and intricate plot keep the audience gripped from the start as the plot unravels in front of them, so despite its apparently dated format, this is a play which continues to fascinate.

A piece of music features strongly in the plot; here’s a preview:

Production photos (click on a picture and follow the arrows)

The ‘Art in the Bar‘ exhibition for this show is Pam Cranefield’s beautiful and detailed animal drawings in pastel and other media.  Here’s a preview:

Pam Cranefield

 

Cast

Director Di Evans
Assistant Director
Freda Caplan Helen Reading
Miss Mockridge Maureen Sullivan
Betty Whitehouse Amelia Harvard
Olwen Peel Maria Wilkinson
Charles Stanton Ian Moth
Gordon Whitehouse Jack Tutt
Robert Caplan Steve Reading