Prepare yourself for an evening of suspense and mystery when Milnerton Players brings you NJ Crisp’s psychological thriller Dangerous Obsession at the Milnerton Playhouse from 28 September to 13 October, 2018.

Milnerton Playhouse Dangerous Obsession
Andrea Fourie (Sally), Anton Schäfer (Mark), Lee William Speechly (John). Picture: Jane Amory

Skilfully crafted thriller

From debut director, Werner Steffen, this popular play will have you holding your breath at every turn as the mystery unravels.

What would you do if a stranger suddenly appeared in your doorway when you are home alone? What would you do if the stranger turns out to be an acquaintance from a weekend which you scarcely remember, or choose to rather forget?

What would you do to get this acquaintance to leave, but he refuses until he has accomplished the purpose of his visit? What would you do when you realise that his life is more intimately intertwined with yours than you imagined?

On a summer Friday in the late afternoon, John Barrett (Lee William Speechly) arrives at the home of Sally (Andrea Fourie) and Mark Driscoll (Anton Schäfer) whom he had met once at a conference one long weekend. Unsure as to the purpose of John’s visit, the Driscoll’s good-naturedly indulge him until the purpose of his visit, to discuss a business matter concerning them, is revealed.

The couple, who do not often get the opportunity to spend a weekend free of Mark’s business obligations, gently try and coax John to make an appointment with Mark to discuss the matter during the week, but he remains insistent that it not be postponed. Amicability soon disappears, until they realise that there is no escape until John has had his say.

This skilfully crafted thriller Dangerous Obsession – written by the prolific British TV writer, dramatist and novelist, N.J. Crisp – contains intrigue, mystery, tension, suspense and a few shocks.

It explores the ensuing consequences of our choices, which uncoil with the stealth of a python. The script circumvents and then explores how the surface differs from reality, how seemingly apparent power dynamics in relationships often shift in the blink of an eye in the search for the truth.

Adapted for  screen as Darkness Falls

The original production enjoyed a successful run in the West End and was later adapted for the big screen as Darkness Falls (1990).

The piece has been adapted to be set in contemporary Cape Town by first-time director Werner Steffen, who made his acting debut on the Cape amateur theatre scene in 2017 (Yasmina Reza’s Art – Milnerton Players).

Making her debut on the Milnerton Playhouse stage, Andrea Fourie is no stranger to the world of theatre and entertainment, having appeared in the Gilbert and Sullivan Society’s productions of Carousel and The Boyfriend at Artscape. She teaches singing and piano, as well as being a professional photographer.

Anton Schäfer has had the opportunity to portray diverse characters in a variety of genres, from farce to dramatic productions, for which he has received a number of Millies and CATA nominations and awards. This will be his ninth appearance on the Milnerton stage.

Lee William Speechly will be known to amateur theatre audiences in Cape Town from his appearances in Let’s Murder Marsha (Milnerton Players), The Birdcage (Constantiaberg Theatre Players) and Charley’s Aunt (Muizenberg Dramatic Society).

Cape Town Theatre Guide: https://weekendspecial.co.za/stage-on-the-boards/

What: The Milnerton Players Dangerous Obsession
Where: The Milnerton Playhouse
Evening shows: 28, 29 September, 5, 6, 12, 13 October 2018 at 8pm
Matinees: 29 September, 6, 13 October, 2018 at 2.30pm
Bookings: bookings@milnertonplayers.com  082 267 1061
The Milnerton Players: www.milnertonplayers.com
Tickets: R80 – R90
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