The Gentle Hook 

by Francis Durbridge

directed by Moyra Allen

Presented at the

Maskers' Studio Theatre


Monday 20th to Saturday 25th March 2006

The Maskers presented the intense and gripping thriller The Gentle Hook, written by one of the world’s most popular and prolific thriller writers Francis Durbridge. The production played to full houses throughout the week.

About the Play

Stacey Harrison is a charming, sophisticated and highly successful businesswoman. However, she does seem to get herself involved in complicated and indeed mysterious circumstances. To start with, she is seeking a divorce from her husband for somewhat unclear reasons. Shortly after her return from a slightly questionable trip abroad she is attacked by a strange man and, in the struggle, kills him.

It soon transpires that the man may not be so much of a stranger as it first appeared. Stacey then temporarily disappears. A second killing and an attempt at a third occur before the mysteries are finally resolved. The tension and mystery rises sharply throughout and is sustained to the final moments.

The Cast
Brad Morris Ian Morley
Madge Harrison Caroline Irwin
Alan Kyle Jack Gill
Stacey Harrison Sarah Russell
Philip Harrison Jonny Hearn
Charles Venner Albie Minns
Inspector Lennox David Collis
Gerald Waddington Jez Minns

Production Team
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Photography Clive Weeks

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