Thursday, October 04, 2012

'Rope' by Patrick Hamilton

4 October 2012

We are back at the tiny TADS Theatre in Toddington on Saturday to see Patrick Hamilton’s 1929 play ‘Rope’ – famously filmed by Alfred Hitchcock. This was another great TADS production, directed by Lea Pryer. The balance between tension and comic relief was expertly managed as the murderers Brandon and Granillo serve dinner to their guests on top of the trunk which only they know contains the body of their victim. James Sygrove gave a fantastically physical performance as Granillo – his guilty looks, nervous twitches and descent into hysterical terror about what he has done all accomplished with great subtlety. Cameron Hay handled Brandon’s brash confidence well and Stephen Pryer’s expressive face showed us every thought process as their friend Rupert Cadell begins to suspect that all is not what it seems.

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