REHEARSALS are now in the final stages for the Dawlish Repertory Company's next production, Proscenophobia, which means stage fright. It's a clever thriller cum whodunnit by Bettine Manktelow and directed by Linsie Kemp.
This is Linsie's first time directing a play at the Shaftesbury Theatre after many years of acting in various shows, but she has family support on stage as her daughter Jessica is playing one of the roles.
Set in the dressing room of a small theatre, where a touring company is presenting a thriller, Proscenophobia is centred on the relationship between Adelaide Marchbanks (Adie), the vain and ambitious leading actress attempting a grand come-back, and Mildred Pearce (Millie), her long-suffering understudy and friend.
Their lively banter provides some humour and tension in the opening scenes, along with the general catty backstage chat provided by the eccentric company manager, Justin, the flustered stage manager, Judy, and the opportunistic 'waiting in the wings' actress Pearl.
Meanwhile impresario Ed Gibb, an ex-husband to them both, arrives and has, it just so happens, written a play about the rivalry between two actresses in which one kills the other. When one of the cast members dies on stage, the remaining company members try to work out whether it was an accident, murder or a suicide, and if murder... who is responsible.