Drama group takes trip to Victorian era for a thriller


There is undoubtedly something spooky going on in a new production by Wycliffe Drama Group.

Their show is Gaslight, written by Patrick Hamilton and is set in the heart of all things mysterious, Victorian London.

Whenever Jack Manningham (Russell Grant) leaves his home most nights on unexplained business the gas lights dim or is it just a figment of his wife’s imagination?

Is his wife Bella (Melanie Lee) going mad or is Jack slowly deliberately driving her insane?

Are Elizabeth the loyal housekeeper (Mary McDermott) and Nancy the cheeky maid (Nic Campbell) aiding and abetting him, and who is Rough the unexpected caller (Keith Parkin)?

It is a new venue for the group and they are hopeful this will add to the eerie atmosphere.

A spokesman for the group said: “In the intimate atmosphere of the Wycliffe Rooms, our new venue, we hope to recreate the tense and threatening atmosphere of the Bellingham household and to draw the audience in to feel the desperation, doubt and fear experienced by the young heroine.

How will she succeed in freeing herself?  To tell you more, would be to spoil the story, so do come along and see it for yourself!”

Many people will be familiar with the 1940s film starring Oscar winning Ingrid Bergman, Charles Boyer and a young Angela Lansbury making her Hollywood debut.

It was also recently revived at nearby Northampton’s Royal & Derngate and starring Brassed Off’s Tara Fitzgerald in the starring role.

Show dates are Friday April 22 at 7.30pm and Saturday April 23 at 2.30pm and 7.30pm at the Wycliffe Rooms, Lutterworth

Tickets are £10 for adults and £8 for concessions and payable by cash and cheques only.

They are available by visiting Aspect Stationers, Church Street, Lutterworth or alternatively by calling the group’s box office on 07913 880663.