The Visit
by Friedrich Dόrrenmatt

The Old Labs, Newnham College, Cambridge 
3 – 7 March 1998

Cast List

Boby – Tom Barry
Mayor – Russell Binch
Man Two
– Edith Bukovic
Daughter / Toby
– Miriam Creaser
Man One
– Francesca Delaney
– Alex Docherty
Son / Roby
– Alan Fayaz
Husbands 7-9 / Reporter
– Bibek Gooptu
Man Three / Doctor
– Nick Harrop
Alfred Ill
– Jake Harders
Man Four / Mrs Ill
– Tamsin Hewett
Claire Zachanassian
– Rosanna Lavelle
– Dave MacKenzie
Ticket Inspector / Reporter
– Catherine Montgomery
Koby, a blind Eunuch
– Emily Pringle
– Yogita Puri
Miss Glutz
– Katherine Wagner
Loby, a blind Eunuch
– Cath Walgate

Adapted, designed and directed by Phillip Breen
er – Daisy Allsop
Executive Producer
– Annalisa D'Innella
Musical Director
– Dylan Pugh
Stage Manager
– Phillippa Peto
Techincal Director
– Eddy Langley
Lighting – James Glazebrook & James Elliot
Rehearsal Photography
– Pete Le May
– Laura Gladwin
– Erica Chessman & Daisy Allsop
– Kate Collins, Kate Norgrove & Kate Fleming
Assistant Designer
– Alex Docherty


Varsity, 06.03.98
by Ajesh Patalay 

Watch the actor's eyes in this: manic in boggle eyed enthusiasm, cruel and sharp with daggers, tormented and framed with knit brows, suspicious conniving and bloody. Indeed, this is a production graced with such an eye for detail, a focused gift for dramatic tension and comedy that it is a joy to watch.

This moral fable, set in the destitute town of Guellen , follows the agonising plight of one inhabitant Alfred Ill, whose jilted old sweetheart returns home to demand revenge. Wielding her wealth like a sabre, she bargains "fifty million for Guellen, if someone kills Alfred Ill".

Rosanna Lavelle who plays the maligned ex, is utterly compelling, conveying so much by disdainful puffs on her cigars, the changing intonation and haughty voice and slight variations in her expression. Spiky and yet still sympathetic, she justifies her wish for revenge: "The world turned me into a whore, I will turn the world into a brothel". Jake Harders, as Alfred Ill himself, is heart wrenching in the anguish he skillfully bears in the creases of his forehead and the desperate trembling of his voice.

This is however more of an ensemble piece, and with a polished cast of eighteen, the sense of community, both welcoming and threatening, is brilliantly palpable throughout.

What elevates this production above most though, is the fine directorial acumen which draws it all together. Music accompanies the action, fading in and out with a visionary aptness which might rival even Tarantino's genius for soundtrack; the stage transforms cleverly from railway station to woods, from town hall for car; the second act is perfect in its entirety; and the finale is startling.

Just watch the person next to you when it all ends and see them stunned and wide-eyed in wonder, horror and exhilaration too.



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