Dangerous Corner

By J.B. Priestley

Synopsis:

Freda: ‘Life's got a lot of dangerous corners, hasn't it?’
Stanton: ‘It can have if you don’t choose your route well’
(Act 1)

JB Priestley's fascinating first play deals with the consequences for individuals of taking life’s corners recklessly and making foolish choices along life’s journey.

It's 1932, and a group of family and friends are discussing a radio play when a chance remark leads the conversation around a dangerous corner, setting characters against each other and challenging their casual assumptions.

Exactly what did lie behind the death of Martin Caplan, the volatile director of the family firm? And was it, as generally believed, connected to the theft of some company money? Why did Martin's sister-in-law lie about a musical cigarette box, or Olwen about a late-night visit? Why does Gordon get so emotional and what is Stanton trying to hide?

As perceived truths unravel, we gradually learn that each of the characters knows more about Martin, his death and the crime than they had previously revealed. A series of clever twists keeps audiences guessing about what really happened - right up until the final twist of all.

As the title implies, Priestley poses an awkward question - how far should we go in trying to uncover the truth - even about ‘something dreadful’ within a family? Isn't it better to play safe and ‘let sleeping dogs lie’ - avoiding those dangerous corners?

Foretelling themes Priestley would later develop in An Inspector Calls, this gripping production of Dangerous Corner by Next Stage Theatre Company is set in-the-round and directed by Bob Constantine.

Trailer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjgRsp_bZmA

Dangerous Corner
This show was performed at The Mission Theatre, Bath in September 2018.

Director/s | Cast:

Bob Constantine

Bob Constantine

Director

Stephanie Barton

Stephanie Barton

Betty Whitehouse

Vanessa Bishop

Vanessa Bishop

Freda Caplan

Joanna Bowman

Joanna Bowman

Miss Mockridge

Hayley Fitton-Cook

Hayley Fitton-Cook

Olwen Peel

Brian Hudd

Brian Hudd

Robert Caplan

Kris Rose

Kris Rose

Gordon Whitehouse

Mike Stevens

Mike Stevens

Charles Stanton

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