CHESTERFIELD: Shock tactics in Pomegranate Theatre thriller

Jo Castleton in Shock! at the Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield
Jo Castleton in Shock! at the Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield

A remote cottage with a phone that doesn’t work; a party with a missing hostess; four friends, each harbouring a secret; a mysterious stranger.

A remote cottage with a phone that doesn’t work; a party with a missing hostess; four friends, each harbouring a secret; a mysterious stranger.

Top playwright Brian Clemens’ Shock! opens the Pomegranate’s short spring drama season in Chesterfield this week – and the ingredients of a tense thriller are firmly in place before they find the first body.

It’s the kind of play which relies on things working as they should: doors need to fly open on cue, sound effects need to come in exactly on time, every line needs to be crisply delivered just in case it contains a clue. Fortunately it’s in the capable hands of Tabs Productions, so everything is spot on.

Karen Henson and Jo Castleton contrast well as home-body Jenny and sophisticated Ann, as do Jeremy Lloyd-Thomas, John Goodrum and Chris Sheridan as devil-may-care Terry, nervous Peter and insouciant Andy. Adrian Lloyd-James and Sarah Wynne Kordas don’t have a lot to do, but they do it very well!

Everyone has a secret, and the tension level rises as suspicion falls on each of them in turn. The culprit isn’t revealed until the final moment – and as the title says, it really is a shock.

It runs until Saturday, February 2, 2013.

LYNNE PATRICK