From panto to thriller

PUBLISHED: 10:37 19 February 2009 | UPDATED: 10:30 10 June 2010

On the two previous occasions Mary Mulcahy has directed actor Simon Blissett, he has been in the Dame role in pantomime but, in the Exmouth Players March production of the Simon Brett thriller Silhouette at the Blackmore Theatre, Simon is cast as dour detective Inspector Bruton

On the two previous occasions Mary Mulcahy has directed actor Simon Blissett, he has been in the Dame role in pantomime but, in the Exmouth Players' March production of the Simon Brett thriller Silhouette at the Blackmore Theatre, Simon is cast as dour detective Inspector Bruton.

In February 2007, Simon made his Dame debut as Martha Muffett in The Grand Old Duke of York at the Salterton Playhouse and the following January he played Dame Trott in the Exmouth Players' Jack and the Beanstalk, both directed by panto expert Mary.

In the last twelve months, Exmouth Players have provided a wide range of productions with historical play The Lion in Winter, two summer comedies, Arnold Wesker's classic Roots and panto Robinson Crusoe, so it is time for a thriller and Mary and Simon are enjoying working on Silhouette.

The last time Simon was in a thriller he played murderer Glenn Howard in Suddenly at Home by master of suspense Francis Durbridge. This time in modern writer Simon Brett's ingeniously structured thriller, he is the detective inspector questioning actress Celia Wallis (Pat Cowey) about the murder of her husband Martin (Mike Brookes). Chief suspect is a devoted fan of Celia (Andy Jury) and other police are played by Jane Spamer and Pauline Jury.

Silhouette will be presented at the Blackmore Theatre from Monday, March 9, to Saturday, March 14.

Roger Simmonds

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