Thriller’s twists and turns ‘will shock you to the end’

Andy Fraser, Andrew Marsden and Lou Birks star in Dangerous Obsession
Andy Fraser, Andrew Marsden and Lou Birks star in Dangerous Obsession

AUTUMN at the Hippodrome Theatre begins with a bang next week as the Todmorden Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society’s first play of the new season opens.

Dangerous Obsession is a tight thriller where even the plot twists have plot twists.

Mark and Sally Driscoll seem to have everything; the perfect house, career and marriage.

Until one evening they are visited by John Barrett, a man with a briefcase and news that the Driscolls would rather not hear.

“The secret is in the writing,” says Sylvia Thomas, who is directing the production.

“It is simple but with so many twists and turns it will shock people right until the end.”

She says the play was written by Norman James Crisp, famous for writing many much-loved television shows such as Dixon of Dock Green, Doctor Findlay’s Casebook and Secret Army.

He died in 2005 and Dangerous Obsession was his final stage play.

It was made into a film in 1998 but Crisp was allegedly so appalled by the final result that he asked for his name to be removed from the credits, and for the film to change its name to Darkness Falls.

The TAODS production is from Crisp’s original stage play, first performed at the Apollo Theatre, London, in 1987.

“The play’s beauty is that it begins slowly, it draws you in, gets faster and faster, until by the end you daren’t look away,” adds Sylvia.

“There are only three actors on stage [Lou Birks, Andrew Marsden and Andy Fraser] and when the curtain goes up that stage is huge.

“But by the end, it’s tiny. It’s like a prison cell.

“The actors have grown to fill it completely.”

Dangerous Obsession runs at the Hippodrome Theatre, Halifax Road, from Wednesday to Saturday, October 5 to 8, 2011.

The doors open at 7pm, and the performance starts at 7.30pm each evening. Tickets are £6 on Wednesday, £8 from Thursday to Saturday.

Concessionary prices of £6 are available Thursday and Friday and students pay only £5 on Thursday.

They are available from the Todmorden Information Centre in person or by calling 01706 818181 or book online at www.todhip.org