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Review: The Perfect Murder

Is there really such a thing as a perfect murder? The
stage adaption of Peter James’ best-sellingcrime thriller,
The Perfect Murder
, playing at the Retford Little Theatre,
asks that very question.

This was a plot so full of twists and turns, you would be forgiven for thinking you were at Alton Towers. I thought
I knew what was going on, and then bam, another plot
twist threw everything into a new, hilarious focus.

The plot centred around Joan and Victor Smiley, a couple married for twenty years, who had lost all love for each other.

Their relationship was portrayed expertly by Donnamarie
and Frank Stamp; it was complicated and believable and
their sharp snaps and retorts had the audience laughing
as they bickered in the way many married couples do.

As this was a dark comedy, they were able to mix moments of humour, with moments of drama and fear; the climactic end scene being a triumph.

Victor took out a life insurance policy on Joan years ago
and had been plotting her murder, along with his Croatian prostitute, Kamila Walcak, played very convincingly by
Tracey Stafford, ever since.

Meanwhile, we discovered Joan was having an affair with
Don Kirk (hilariously and loveably played by David Taylor).

The moment we discovered this twist, part of the back
of the stage slid open to reveal a hidden upstairs
bedroom – this was ingenious and prompted a gasp
of amazement in the audience! Well done set team
for creating such a creative space.

We also had detective Roy Grace, played with ease
by Julian Roberts, who uses Kamila’s psychic gifts to
locate murder victims. The relationship between these
two was quite sweet, which made the outcome all the more unexpected.

I thought this was a great play, acted with humour, pace
and good characterisation. I enjoyed watching the plot
unfold and being surprised by both the story and the
stage and technical elements.

Well done to everyone involved and especially to producer Robert Warburton for putting on such a dynamic piece.

In case you ever have the opportunity to watch this play,
I don’t want to ruin the ending, but who has murdered
who by the end? The answer is most surprising!


Reviewed by Victoria Evans


The Perfect Murder
by Shaun McKenna (from the book by Peter James)

Friday 26th January to Friday 2nd February 2018, 7:30pm

Victor Smiley and his wife Joan have been married for nearly two decades, but each barely recognises the person they wake up next to every morning. Victor is so fed up with his job at the local factory – as well as distracted by his visits to his favourite prostitute, Kamila – that he hardly notices his wife’s constant ridicule. Joan has resigned herself to the fact that Victor will never see beyond her double-chin to a new hair cut or outfit. She even puts up with his constant snoring which keeps her up night after night, but only just. For unbeknownst to Victor, Joan is taking her sweet revenge: spending large amounts of money on his credit card, kitting herself out in a sexy new wardrobe to impress her secret lover, Don. But then, as the bills mount, Victor loses his job. Soon he realises that the only way he can achieve his dream of setting up home with Kamila is to get Joan out of the picture, once and for all. But Victor is about to get a nasty surprise, for he’s not the only one with murder on his mind...

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The Rise and Fall of Little Voice
Auditions for the role of Little Voice will take place as follows:

Tuesday 13th February, 7:30pm - in the theatre lounge
Friday 16th February, 7:30pm - please contact Donnamarie on 07825 249644 for details of the venue

An engaging fairytale of despair, love and finally hope.

Due to demands of the role, casting for the part of LV have already taken place. Anyone interested in reading for any of the remaining roles should contact Donnamaire on 07825 249644 or attend the Tuesday 13th February reading in the theatre lounge.

Parts are available for two femailes, one 30-40 yrs and one 40 yrs plus, and three males, one 20-30 yrs and two 40 yrs plus.


2017-2018 Season

Retford Little Theatre is pleased to annouce our 77th
Season of plays will open with the farce The Decorator
by Donald Churchill, and will conclude with the acclaimed
play The Rise and Fall of Little Voice by Jim Cartwright.

The Matchmaker (Thornton Wilder), The Perfect Murder (Shaun McKenna) and Waylaid (David J Harrison) complete the season's line up.

Further details of all the plays in the 2017-18 season, including ticket information, can be found here.