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Wait Until Dark

Wait Until Dark
Written by Frederick Knott
Directed by Eric Crichton
3 – 8 December 2001

A sinister con man, Roat, and two ex-convicts, Mike and Carlino, are about to meet their match. They have traced the location of a mysterious doll, which they are much interested in, to the Greenwich Village apartment of Sam Hendrix and his blind wife, Susy. Sam had apparently been persuaded by a strange woman to transport the doll across the Canadian border, not knowing that sewn inside were several grams of heroin. When the woman is murdered the situation becomes more urgent. The con man and his ex-convicts, through a cleverly constructed deception, convince Susy that the police have implicated Sam in the woman’s murder, and the doll, which she believes is the key to his innocence, is evidence. She refuses to reveal its location, and with the help of a young neighbour, figures out she is the victim of a bizarre charade. But when Roat kills his associates, a deadly game of cat and mouse ensues between the two. Susy knows the only way to play fair is by her rules, so when darkness falls she turns off all the lights leaving both of them to maneuver in the dark until the game ends.


Mike – David Oatley
Croker – Keith Jarman
Roat – Barry Hooper
Susy Henderson – Suzannah Churchill
Sam Henderson – Michael Angell
Gloria – Clare Brunton
First Policeman – Neil Langley
Second Policeman – Aaron Bilham


Stage Manager – Len Huntley
Assistant Stage Manager – Margaret Penny
Lighting – Peter Bennett
Sound – Bill Brookes
Properties – Molly Graham, Mollie Watts
Set Design – Eric Crichton
Set Construction – Eric Crichton, Len Huntley, Bill Brookes, Eric White
F.O.H Display – Julia Crichton
Wardrobe – Marjorie Sawyer, Carole Bramall