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Spring Production 1991 - "Nightmare" by Norman Robbins

Doris Maecham          Sheila McKenzie                     Director      Muriel Taylor

Katherine Willis          Joy Scherer

Dr Andrew Thorne      Theo Bucher                          5/6/7/8 March 1991

Michael Willis             Rupert Dell                            Bäumlihof Gymnasium

Raymond Shapley      Oscar Baldomero

Marion Bishop            Diana Zuger                          Programme

Laura Vinnecombe      Joan Kuster

Marion Bishop, an elderly writer of romatic novels, is dying. Katherine Willis, a kind soul from the nearby village, looks after Marion in a most caring way, while coping with her mentally retarded young brother. When Katherine takes leave to attend her cousin's wedding in Scotland, Laura, an experienced nurse from London, comes to take care of the failing writer on the recommendation of the local doctor. A series of mysterious telephone calls and the appearance of Raymond, Marion's rapacious nephew, set off a nightmare situation which becomes increasingly complicatedTickets from a Nightmare-production when Katherine's brother is found dead in a ditch. Deceit, suspicion, blackmail and incrimination are subtly woven into a web of crime which is completed by a dramatic confrontation scene just before an ingenious twist brings a surprising close.

The action of the play takes place in the living-room of Marion Bishop's home, Moor View, an isolated house on the edge of Barrowdale Moor.



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