James Claxton talks about directing Night Must Fall, staged by Todmorden Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society in October.
Why did I choose this play?
Todmorden Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society have a long list of directors to choose from. Everyone gets a turn and it is my turn to direct.
I had chosen a play that I wanted to direct and then I discovered that the licence wasn’t available. Panic stations! The audition dates had been announced so I had to read through a whole batch of plays, trying to find one which appealed to me with only two weeks in which to do it.
When I read Night Must Fall – the minute I read it I just knew it was the right one. It made me chuckle, just reading it in bed, I absolutely loved it!
It wasn’t a play I already knew, or one I had been wanting to do for a long time. The play’s been described as a “camp, yet haunting night’s entertainment.”
It’s a great catty little script - originally written in the 1930s. It’s not a murder mystery thriller, it’s a taut, psychological thriller, punctuated with lots of laughs.
It’s a really good comedy but there’s a point in the play where everything changes and it’s not funny any more.
I’m hoping it’s going to be a laugh a minute show, but a bit of a white knuckle ride as well.
Rehearsals are going very well. I’ve got a superb cast who are really enjoying the experience.
l Night Must Fall opens at the Hippodrome Theatre, Halifax Road, on Wednesday, October 1 and runs until Saturday, October 4. Tickets are priced from £8 to £10 and available on ticket line 0333 666 3366, online at www.todhip.org or in person at Todmorden Information Office, Burnley Road.