Something to Hide

Tyldesley Little Theatre

Billed as a thriller, we were certainly kept on the edge of our seats with Leslie Sand’s Something to Hide. Director Jenny Whur has drilled a talented cast who succeeded in ensuring every twist and turn of this simple but very effective plot was played out without a flaw.

Alex Clarke plays a cool and collected Howard Holt. Never letting his guard down, he breezes effortlessly through this story - another dependable performance from Alex. In equal measure, Andrea Peters as Karen Holt, Howard’s wife literally bursts in with dramatic effect following a bump in her car. We saw the confident Karen and witnessed the depressed Karen which shows Andrea’s versatility.

Andrea convincingly allows Karen to take things in her stride as we see her deal with her husband’s infidelity and constant put downs. Little does he know that his wife is fully aware of what he is up to and what she has in store for him. The build-up of tension between these characters was impressive and tested the metal of both but I am pleased to say that this came across very well and led to many unsuspecting surprises in the story that prompted rapid delivery and sustained pathos.

Such plots always need Police presence and this one is no different. Inspector Davies arrives to take charge of the situation. TLT veteran Ian Hunter makes this role his own as he presents a witty, dry and often sarcastic interpretation of this character. This really worked and gave a gentle light-hearted touch to the serious situation that was enfolding before us.

The intermittent appearance of Miss Cunningham, the local busy body-cum neighbourhood watch added comedy. Kaye Taylor looked just right and presented a posh version of the nosey next door neighbour with what appeared to be consummate ease as she presumed her way through getting to the bottom of what has really gone on.

Eloise Ward takes on her first serious role as Julia Grant, the client/lover of Howard, with great confidence. This was also that case for Charley Boulton as Stella the hired help. These cameos were a great introduction to what I hope will be many more appearances from these promising actresses.

Completing the cast, Connor Parkinson ensured Will Purdie, the local garage owner was nonchalant, easy going and helpful as he plays his part in putting two and two together and coming up with credible confirmation of what, when where and how things happened.

This was an all-round successful production by a well drilled cast. The set was of the usual high standard we have become accustomed to at TLT and the choice of intermittent music was well chosen.

Paul Cohen