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Colin Wakefield & Roger Leach

These are photographs and reviews of our production
at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2004

Tim & Aimee


Tim Charrington, Darren Cheek, Leda Hodgson & Aimée Thackray

Directed By Hank Turnbull

Tim & Leda
Everyone who saw this show had a great time. We had wonderful feed back from the audience and terrific reviews. The cast really got into it and thoroughly enjoyed their many parts. Top ratings from the Edinburgh Guide, 3 stars from three weeks (having said it scared her to death) and a very good positive review from Timothy Ramsden from reviewsgate.com

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Audience With Murder
Theatre Maketa

I was so scared at one point during this show, I nearly wet my pants, so lord knows how the old folks in the audience managed to keep it together. If you'd have been locked in the back of a van with a woman being tortured Tarantino style and a knife-wielding lunatic on the rampage, you'd be bricking it too.

The Scotsman
THIS amusing, Russian doll of a play is written with flair by Colin Wakefield and Roger Leach and performed by a solid cast.


Festivals: AUDIENCE WITH MURDER. To 29 August.
_POSTEDON 2004-09-02 09:46:11 by Timothy Ramsden


by Colin Wakefield and Roger Leach

Theatre Maketa at Theatre Truck To 29 August 2004
2pm & 5pm
Runs 1hr 40min One interval
Review: Timothy Ramsden 24 August

The venue is the star in this moving new drama.

The venue is indeed a truck, converted into a 40-seat theatre. A small stage behind the driver’s cab faces 10 raked rows with 2 seats either side an aisle; then there’s just enough space for a stage manager controlling light and sound before reaching the rear exit. Devised by long-time Cheek by Jowl luminary Nick Kidd, the vehicle is intended to take theatre to places where audiences might potentially number – well, up to 40.

It’s surprisingly comfortable, and air-conditioned. Among this initial trucking programme the most ample item is a piece of hokum in the post-Sleuth thriller style. Playing games with audience expectations, it’s crammed with sudden changes of perspective. All good fun, though the writers’ method for changing our perceptions becomes rather familiar.

Hokum has its audience, offering the illusion of everyday reality while getting away with outrageous implausibilities. It’s theatrical fare at many seaside summer shows, for example – not only the south-coast resort (with its own theatre) for which the ultimate play-within-a-play here is destined. The fun lies in the skill with which the implausibilities are arrayed.

And this production moves from a very funny opening scene, where the initial characters are reading a novice writer’s script (based with increasing transparency on her home life) to a literally dark conclusion where the firearms come out in an empty theatre. Here the venue comes into its own as voices echo round the truck and characters clatter close up to us.

Ironically, despite its novel venue this is (for all its traditional dramatic elements) less ‘traditional’ Fringe material than the kind of thing for more conservative audiences which might have half-filled Edinburgh’s large King’s Theatre during the winter. It would need big TV names there. But it’s doubtful they’d provide better performances than here.

True, Darren Cheek’s gum-chewing, very youthful, detective is hard to swallow (the plot struggles several times with its age relationships). But Cheek is excellent as the bullied ex-pupil, as is Tim Charrington as a bullying teacher. Leda Hodgson and Aimee Thackray equal them as assertive or shy females, often with secrets of their own.



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