The Sound of Murder

Charles Norbury is a successful writer of children’s books but he doesn't like children. An unlovable man, he has no friends, is arrogant, controlling, sadistic and cruel. His wife, starved of love and denied children of her own, has met another man. In their cottage in Surrey, a tape recorder has been left on during a conversation between his wife and her lover in which the latter plans the author’s murder. Charles’ secretary listens to the tape and hears the murder plot.

 

Starring Freya Copeland (Emmerdale), Michelle Morris (The Knock), Marcus Hutton (Brookside), John Hester, Ben Roddy and Jolyon Young.

 

Director

Patric Kearns

 

Associate Director

John Hester

 

Designer and Lighting Designer

David North

 

Costume Designer

Geoff Gilder

 

Original Music by

Toby Robinson

 

Tuesday 24th - Wednesday 25th January            

Lighthouse, Poole

 

Thursday 26th - Friday 27th January                  

Buxton Opera House

 

Tuesday 7th - Wednesday 8th February            

Wycombe Swan, High Wycombe

 

Monday 13th - Thursday 16th February            

Grand Theatre, Swansea

 

Monday 20th - Wednesday 22nd February            

New Theatre Royal, Lincoln

 

Friday 24th - Saturday 25th February            

Towngate Theatre, Basildon

 

Monday 27th February - Saturday 4th March        

Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

 

Tuesday 14th - Wednesday 15th March            

Marina Theatre, Lowestoft

 

Saturday 25th - Sunday 26th March                

Customs House, South Shields

 

Monday 27th - Wednesday 29th March            

Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage

 

Wednesday 5th - Saturday 8th April                

The Haymarket, Basingstoke

 

Tuesday 18th - Saturday 22nd April                

Capitol Theatre, Horsham

 

Wednesday 24th - Saturday 27th May            

Theatre Royal, Windsor

 

'A gripping plot provides nail-biting tension in William Fairchild's The Sound Of Murder, which earned prolonged applause from an appreciative audience on Tuesday and is superbly projected by director Patric Kearns and a talented cast of six.' - The Brighton Argus ****

'Truthfully, the winning formula for a thriller has only a limited number of plot variants. It does need a body or three, a high quota of shocking moments, and a willing audience which buys into all the plot twists. Well, The Sound of Murder ticks all those boxes. But what marks it out is some interesting characterisation and some rather fine acting - which, in any other genre, would earn more recognition. The plot - without too many spoilers - is a variant on How To Get Away With Murder, and it unrolls briskly and quite convincingly. There is a spot of adultery and some thoroughly disreputable conduct from virtually everyone, and the developments in Act Two are genuinely exciting and surprising. It neatly, almost too neatly, comes full circle and Tuesday’s first-night audience left the theatre well satisfied. But back to the acting. The characters face genuine moral dilemmas, and the wrestling of conscience is expertly and quite sensitively played. There is actually more than one nod to Hamlet, and an artful echo of An Inspector Calls, but none the worse for that. Marcus Hutton is Charles, an author with a perfectly played unpleasant superiority, and Corrinne Wicks combines elegance with angst as his unhappy spouse Anne. Ben Roddy is assured as Peter, the over-assertive lover with a scheme, and his scenes with Corrinne have a genuine gravitas. Michelle Morris has a cracker of a part as the author’s secretary, a kind of mouse that roared. John Hester’s detective inspector is enigmatic and knowingly in control, and Jolyon Young’s cheery constable completes the line-up. Direction and design, by Pat Kearns and David North, are solid and once or twice - especially with lighting - quite adventurous, and the 1960 setting is nicely re-created. Up to scratch, and an enjoyable show.' - Eastbourne Herald