The main players in Dangerous Corner (l/r) Katherine (Belinda Wilson), Robert Caplan (David Knapp), Miss Mockeridge (Cherylene Miller), Charles Staunton ( Peter Cochrane), Freida Caplan (Denise Yates) with Betty and Gordon Whitehouse (Marion Knapp and Jesse Friend) wrestling with the age old dilemma at Saturday night’s performance.With performances at the Uniting Church Hall on Saturday evening, 16/06/12, at 7.30 p.m. and on Sunday afternoon, 17/06/12 at 2 p.m., this weekend will be your last opportunity to see Grenfell Dramatic Society’s production of the J.B. Priestley play, “Dangerous Corner”. Amateur dramatic groups have a lot of advantages compared with professional groups, the most obvious being that if a production doesn’t quite “come off”, the players can still eat, because they have day jobs. All the local actors in this latest offering from our Dramatic Society, which, by the way, is 55 years old this year, lead full lives offstage.
Reading from the top of the program, David Knapp, who plays Robert Caplan, is a Contract and Private Gardener, and is studying a Theology course online. Denise Yates is in business as a professional Photographer, and as well as her Studio in Main Street, travels quite a bit, even interstate, to fulfill commissions. Married to Michael and mother to Lila, she has still found the time to learn the quite demanding part of Freda Caplan in this play. Marion Knapp is very involved in (Presbyterian) Church matters, in Leisure Group, in what used to be called “Christmas Child”, in the Quilting Group, and in a lot of other organizations which need a helping hand. In this play she plays the role of the rather volatile Betty Whitehouse, and young Jesse Jenkins-Friend, who is doing a course at TAFE, portrays her husband Gordon. Belinda Wilson is Katherine Peel, but when she’s not on stage, works full-time as a Registered Nurse, gives her husband Anthony a hand on the farm when necessary, and is the caring mother of four children. Peter Cochrane, the son of our Lights man, George, and brother to Sound Person Belinda, works on the family farm and is active in the Rifle Club. Cherylene Miller is supposed to be retired, but is one of that under-recognised but increasingly essential band of Volunteer Drivers which makes life easier for residents of the Weddin Shire. Director Peter Soley is the Editor of “The Grenfell Record”. Darryl Knapp is mentioned in the program as Producer and Set Designer; he also painted and dressed the set, did the programs and the tickets, is on the door and just about everywhere else, in addition to being very involved in the Presbyterian Church.
The Society is proud of this production and feels that it has “come off”; we hope that you will see for yourselves at the week-end. Tickets are available at C.J. Anderson, or at the door, for $15, and a light supper is served with tea or coffee at interval.
A REVIEW BY ROBYN RYAN – COWRA MUSICAL & DRAMATIC SOCIETY
An intriguing play in three parts that at the end of each act keep you wondering what was next?
A cracker of a set by Darryl and beautiful set pieces helped to represent the “Art Deco” style of the ‘20’s and ‘30’s.
The costumes instantly made you aware that the period was indeed set in those decadent times.
Dinner suits and evening dresses the order of the day and the cast looked very comfortable in their environment.
Denise had the ice-cold queen technique down. A controlled performance.
I could have sworn she’d watched a few Alfred Hitchcock films to get it right.
Peter was suave and debonair and acted like the proper scoundrel.
Belinda had a quiet grace that proved very useful as secret revelations evolved throughout the play.
Cherylene made me think of a more stylish/devilish Agatha Christie (if she’d ever been on the stage).
It was a shame there wasn’t more for her character to do.
Jesse had a difficult job playing a partner in a publishing firm and husband to cougar Marion.
An “interesting” pairing.
Both Marion and Jesse seemed both to enjoy the ride as each had their own secrets to disclose.
The stand-out was David. I have watched him for many years and this is the first dramatic adult-situation I have seen him in and he handled it like a pro. His stoic performance as the husband, bereaved brother and partner was of a high standard.
Congratulations again for a entertaining afternoon.
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