Review: A killer plot with a gripping climax

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Suddenly at Home, Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield

A slow-burning start which aimed to build the suspense meant the rapid brutality of the murder was a shock to the system.

You knew that part of the plot is coming but it still almost made you jump – and the quick change of tempo which followed moved you to the edge of your seat.

The main part of the play was a rollercoaster ride of twists and turns.

Suddenly At Home is a classic thriller from playwright Francis Durbridge and has been brought to life by Talking Scarlet theatre company.

Set in the 1960s, Glenn Howard (Pomegranate regular Ben Roddy) is the central character.

He hatches a plan to kill his wealthy wife Maggie after objecting to her plans for the couple to move to Bermuda – then finding out she has left all her money to him.

Working with friend Sheila Wallis, who appears to be having an affair with him, Glenn attempts to frame Sam Blaine, a writer and old flame of his wife’s, for the killing.

But it is not long before their carefully-prepared plans begin to unravel.

Attention to detail in creating the 1960s setting for the play including furniture, costumes such as dolly bird dresses, and music, was meticulous.

Roddy’s Glenn Howard showed the initial cold and calculating character of a killer, but his mask started to slip as his plan disintegrated.

Well-acted, edge-of-the-seat stuff, particularly as the play drew to a gripping climax.