Edge-of-the-seat double bill at Harborough theatre

From left, Andrew Nelson (Det Sgt Fenton), Mark Aspland (Det Insp Grimes) and Neil Lovegrove  (Martin Lacey)
From left, Andrew Nelson (Det Sgt Fenton), Mark Aspland (Det Insp Grimes) and Neil Lovegrove (Martin Lacey)

An evening of spine-chilling suspense awaits at Market Harborough’s theatre this month with a double bill of two thrilling one-act plays.

Following the run at Harborough Theatre – from Tuesday, February 24, to Saturday, February 28 – these plays will go on to represent Harborough at the Leicester Drama Festival on March 7 and Warwickshire Drama Festival on March 28.

One-act plays are a specialist genre where all the emotions of a full-length play are compressed into a shorter slot.

To open, the town’s Youth Theatre will perform One Season’s King, a tale of ambition, class war and romance.

It begins with the sinister spectacle of a woman and three men in a cemetery in front of a newly-dug grave.

Flashbacks reveal that the lives of the quartet have been intertwined – the men at one time or another courted the same woman.

But the occupant of the grave is kept secret from the audience, who have to work out its significance.

The night of suspense continues with Market Harborough Drama Society performing Bristol scriptwriter Craig Malpass’ play Disposable. John Foreman directs.

When Martin (Neil Lovegrove) finds a camera in a taxi he tries to do a good deed by developing the photos and using the prints to try to reunite them with their owner.

But events take a sinister turn: upon collecting the prints, Martin is arrested and taken into custody for the abduction of a young girl.

A web of coincidences point to his complicity and the audience are compelled to decide whether he actually took the incriminating pictures.

A spokesman for the society said: “This is a truly original piece of work. Malpass’ TV background is clear in the play’s construction; if anyone enjoys A Touch of Frost then they will enjoy this.”

Shows start at 7.45pm each night with a matinee on the Saturday at 2.30pm.

Tickets cost £7.50 to £10 and are available at www.harboroughtheatre.com or on Tuesday and Saturday mornings from the theatre.