Review: Exmouth Players' Rough Justice

PUBLISHED: 18:30 10 October 2017

The Exmouth Players presents their latest production, Rough Justice. Picture: Emma Crane of Exmouth Photo Services

The Exmouth Players presents their latest production, Rough Justice. Picture: Emma Crane of Exmouth Photo Services

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The September production at Exmouth’s Blackmore Theatre took audiences on an emotive journey with the Exmouth Players’ presentation of the courtroom drama Rough Justice by Terence Frisby, writes ‘Tricia Barclay.

The Exmouth Players presents their latest production, Rough Justice. Picture: Emma Crane of Exmouth Photo ServicesThe Exmouth Players presents their latest production, Rough Justice. Picture: Emma Crane of Exmouth Photo Services

Set in the central criminal court at the Old Bailey, media personality James Highwood, renowned for his challenging views against the establishment, is on trial for the murder of his severely handicapped baby. Conducting his own defence, having refused legal representation, he admits responsibility pleading manslaughter, and the ensuing battle with the Catholic and pro-life QC for the prosecution enfolds.

All the cast played their roles with sincerity and conviction, even down to the small but credible cameos. As the “expert witnesses”, Margaret Bond playing Dr Kerr had the unenviable task of giving a “blow by blow” account of events to the court, and Robin Kanarek as Dr Radzinski showed a force not to be reckoned with in her prognosis over the future development and quality of life for the child.

Making his Blackmore debut, Brian Lawless was just right as PC Ramsden, giving his evidence but somewhat overawed by his surroundings, and Raymond Tongue showed his versatility as the supporting solicitor Jeremy Ackroyd.

The part of the judge was tailor-made for Tony Christopher, presiding over the legal action in typical stereotype fashion, but bringing some welcome light relief to the proceedings. Mike Killoran as James Highwood was hardly off stage and brought a wealth of emotion to the role. He was well-partnered by Anne Killoran as his wife Jean and the scenes between them soon led to some doubts as to the culpability of the defendant.

The Exmouth Players presents their latest production, Rough Justice. Picture: Emma Crane of Exmouth Photo ServicesThe Exmouth Players presents their latest production, Rough Justice. Picture: Emma Crane of Exmouth Photo Services

Pat Peters was outstanding as Margaret Casely QC, driving the case for the prosecution, an articulate, determined character but certainly not lacking in compassion.

The courtroom set was simple but effective, and use of the central area with low lighting and appropriate sound made for smooth scene changes. Director Wendy Bishop drew the audience into the drama and heartbreak of the action in this strong, emotional and thought provoking piece, which also had moments of humour and – to great relief – a satisfactory outcome!

The Exmouth Players presents their latest production, Rough Justice. Picture: Emma Crane of Exmouth Photo ServicesThe Exmouth Players presents their latest production, Rough Justice. Picture: Emma Crane of Exmouth Photo Services

The Exmouth Players presents their latest production, Rough Justice. Picture: Emma Crane of Exmouth Photo ServicesThe Exmouth Players presents their latest production, Rough Justice. Picture: Emma Crane of Exmouth Photo Services

The Exmouth Players presents their latest production, Rough Justice. Picture: Emma Crane of Exmouth Photo ServicesThe Exmouth Players presents their latest production, Rough Justice. Picture: Emma Crane of Exmouth Photo Services

The Exmouth Players presents their latest production, Rough Justice. Picture: Emma Crane of Exmouth Photo ServicesThe Exmouth Players presents their latest production, Rough Justice. Picture: Emma Crane of Exmouth Photo Services

The Exmouth Players presents their latest production, Rough Justice. Picture: Emma Crane of Exmouth Photo ServicesThe Exmouth Players presents their latest production, Rough Justice. Picture: Emma Crane of Exmouth Photo Services

The Exmouth Players presents their latest production, Rough Justice. Picture: Emma Crane of Exmouth Photo ServicesThe Exmouth Players presents their latest production, Rough Justice. Picture: Emma Crane of Exmouth Photo Services

The Exmouth Players presents their latest production, Rough Justice. Picture: Emma Crane of Exmouth Photo ServicesThe Exmouth Players presents their latest production, Rough Justice. Picture: Emma Crane of Exmouth Photo Services

The Exmouth Players presents their latest production, Rough Justice. Picture: Emma Crane of Exmouth Photo ServicesThe Exmouth Players presents their latest production, Rough Justice. Picture: Emma Crane of Exmouth Photo Services

The Exmouth Players presents their latest production, Rough Justice. Picture: Emma Crane of Exmouth Photo ServicesThe Exmouth Players presents their latest production, Rough Justice. Picture: Emma Crane of Exmouth Photo Services

The Exmouth Players presents their latest production, Rough Justice. Picture: Emma Crane of Exmouth Photo ServicesThe Exmouth Players presents their latest production, Rough Justice. Picture: Emma Crane of Exmouth Photo Services

The Exmouth Players presents their latest production, Rough Justice. Picture: Emma Crane of Exmouth Photo ServicesThe Exmouth Players presents their latest production, Rough Justice. Picture: Emma Crane of Exmouth Photo Services

The Exmouth Players presents their latest production, Rough Justice. Picture: Emma Crane of Exmouth Photo ServicesThe Exmouth Players presents their latest production, Rough Justice. Picture: Emma Crane of Exmouth Photo Services

The Exmouth Players presents their latest production, Rough Justice. Picture: Emma Crane of Exmouth Photo ServicesThe Exmouth Players presents their latest production, Rough Justice. Picture: Emma Crane of Exmouth Photo Services

The Exmouth Players presents their latest production, Rough Justice. Picture: Emma Crane of Exmouth Photo ServicesThe Exmouth Players presents their latest production, Rough Justice. Picture: Emma Crane of Exmouth Photo Services

The Exmouth Players presents their latest production, Rough Justice. Picture: Emma Crane of Exmouth Photo ServicesThe Exmouth Players presents their latest production, Rough Justice. Picture: Emma Crane of Exmouth Photo Services

The Exmouth Players presents their latest production, Rough Justice. Picture: Emma Crane of Exmouth Photo ServicesThe Exmouth Players presents their latest production, Rough Justice. Picture: Emma Crane of Exmouth Photo Services

The Exmouth Players presents their latest production, Rough Justice. Picture: Emma Crane of Exmouth Photo ServicesThe Exmouth Players presents their latest production, Rough Justice. Picture: Emma Crane of Exmouth Photo Services

The Exmouth Players presents their latest production, Rough Justice. Picture: Emma Crane of Exmouth Photo ServicesThe Exmouth Players presents their latest production, Rough Justice. Picture: Emma Crane of Exmouth Photo Services

The Exmouth Players presents their latest production, Rough Justice. Picture: Emma Crane of Exmouth Photo ServicesThe Exmouth Players presents their latest production, Rough Justice. Picture: Emma Crane of Exmouth Photo Services

The Exmouth Players presents their latest production, Rough Justice. Picture: Emma Crane of Exmouth Photo ServicesThe Exmouth Players presents their latest production, Rough Justice. Picture: Emma Crane of Exmouth Photo Services

The Exmouth Players presents their latest production, Rough Justice. Picture: Emma Crane of Exmouth Photo ServicesThe Exmouth Players presents their latest production, Rough Justice. Picture: Emma Crane of Exmouth Photo Services

The Exmouth Players presents their latest production, Rough Justice. Picture: Emma Crane of Exmouth Photo ServicesThe Exmouth Players presents their latest production, Rough Justice. Picture: Emma Crane of Exmouth Photo Services

The Exmouth Players presents their latest production, Rough Justice. Picture: Emma Crane of Exmouth Photo ServicesThe Exmouth Players presents their latest production, Rough Justice. Picture: Emma Crane of Exmouth Photo Services

The Exmouth Players presents their latest production, Rough Justice. Picture: Emma Crane of Exmouth Photo ServicesThe Exmouth Players presents their latest production, Rough Justice. Picture: Emma Crane of Exmouth Photo Services

The Exmouth Players presents their latest production, Rough Justice. Picture: Emma Crane of Exmouth Photo ServicesThe Exmouth Players presents their latest production, Rough Justice. Picture: Emma Crane of Exmouth Photo Services

The Exmouth Players presents their latest production, Rough Justice. Picture: Emma Crane of Exmouth Photo ServicesThe Exmouth Players presents their latest production, Rough Justice. Picture: Emma Crane of Exmouth Photo Services

The Exmouth Players presents their latest production, Rough Justice. Picture: Emma Crane of Exmouth Photo ServicesThe Exmouth Players presents their latest production, Rough Justice. Picture: Emma Crane of Exmouth Photo Services

The Exmouth Players presents their latest production, Rough Justice. Picture: Emma Crane of Exmouth Photo ServicesThe Exmouth Players presents their latest production, Rough Justice. Picture: Emma Crane of Exmouth Photo Services

The Exmouth Players presents their latest production, Rough Justice. Picture: Emma Crane of Exmouth Photo ServicesThe Exmouth Players presents their latest production, Rough Justice. Picture: Emma Crane of Exmouth Photo Services

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