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The Small Hours at Stirling Theatre

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Thrills, twists and turns in murder-mystery
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Vanessa (Jenni Glassford, left) and Carl Houston (Tim Riessen) have a frank discussion with Millie (Lia Przymenska, centre) in The Small Hours at Stirling Theatre.


Suspense, mystery and murder come together at Stirling Theatre in The Small Hours, a thriller with international intrigue. Written by Francis Durbridge and directed by Janet Brandwood, the play follows Sussex hotel owner Carl Houston who saves a passenger when their plane is hijacked after leaving Australia.

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The Small Hours features Julie Holmshaw, left, as Olivia and Tim Riessen as Carl Houston.


Houston nearly dies as he tries to learn why his travel bag is of interest to the police while also attempting to find out what a toy koala, his devious chef and the hijacking have in common. Playwright Durbridge is an English author, best known for creating the character Paul Temple.

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Detective Inspector George Westwood (Paul Anderson, left) has a few questions for husband and wife Carl (Tim Riessen) and Vanessa Houston (Jenni Glassford).


Janet has chosen to update the play from its 1980s setting to the present day. "What directly inspired me was finding a copy of the script when I was in the theatre office," she said. "I previously directed Durbridge's A Touch of Danger in 2011 and was familiar with his style.

"My husband Tom also directed two of his plays at the old Stirling Theatre in Cedric Street. I am a big fan of crime stories and have Agatha Christie's entire collection of books, her biography and many of her plays I have directed six of them."

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Ronnie Sheldon (Stephen Anderson, left) and Carl Houston (Tim Riessen) in the real airline seats found for the production.


The main challenge with The Small Hours, according to Janet, is the set. "The first scene is aboard an aircraft and we've been lucky enough to find two genuine airline seats," she said. "They're on a small thrust stage, right in front of the proscenium, with the remaining scenes in the living room of a hotel."

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Helen O'Sullivan, left, as hotel manager Ruth Wyatt and Greg Hopson as head chef Bernard Decker in The Small Hours.


Greg Hopson plays head chef Bernard Decker, a self-centred narcissist. "The character seems to have respect for the main character Carl but has no problem extorting money from him," he said.

"Bernard fancies himself as a ladies' man and is cocky but falls to pieces once he has been found out. The main challenge is shifting from that cockiness to being a shrivelling wreck."

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Ronnie Sheldon (Stephen Anderson, left) has some important news for Vanessa (Jenni Glassford) and Carl (Tim Riessen).


Starting with Stirling Theatre 12 years ago, Greg has appeared in Hello Dolly, Go Back For Murder and And Then There Were None, as well as several one-act and small Christmas plays. "The Small Hours appealed because I like whodunits," he said. "I have acted in most of director Janet Brandwood's plays and like the way she directs."

The Small Hours plays at 8pm September 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, October 1, 2 and 3 with 2pm matinees September 20 and 27. Tickets are $22, $20 concession book through Morris News on 9446 9120 or at www.trybooking.com/BHPJF. Stirling Theatre is on Morris Place, Innaloo.

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Why? Murder, blackmail, intrigue and mistrust all make for an enthralling night at the theatre with the show keeping you guessing from start to finish.
When: 8pm September 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, October 1, 2 & 3; 2pm September 20 & 27
Phone: Morris News on 9446 9120
Where: Stirling Theatre, Morris Place, Innaloo
Cost: $22, $20 concession
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