Radio’s Top Secret Agent Takes to the Stage

December 13, 2013
Danger for Dick Barton (Kevin Myers) as Baron Scarheart (Steve Saunders) creeps up on him. (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

Danger for Dick Barton (Kevin Myers) as Baron Scarheart (Steve Saunders) creeps up on him. (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

Long before James Bond there was only one secret agent who grabbed the public’s imagination – Dick Barton.

The nation was enthralled by his adventures on the “wireless” as he battled against a legion of dastardly villains.

Now, these tales of derring-do are being recreated on the stage of the Dolman Theatre when Newport Playgoers present ‘Dick Barton – Special Agent’.

The BBC Announcer (Richard Dymond) gets a fright from the sound effects man (Bruce Campbell) (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

The BBC Announcer (Richard Dymond) gets a fright from the sound effects man (Bruce Campbell) (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

Written as a parody of the 1940s radio series complete with cliff-hanger endings and song and dance routines, this show has something to appeal to those who remember the original series and younger members who have yet to experience the thrill of the Devil’s Gallop!

Audiences will enjoy the laughs as thrills as Dick, along with his trusty sidekicks Jock and Snowy, sets out to thwart the forces of evil whose plot to poison Britain’s tea supply threatens the very future of the nation.

Marta Heartburn (Ros Jones-Griffiths) cracks the whip. (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

Marta Heartburn (Ros Jones-Griffiths) cracks the whip. (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

Dick and his chums find themselves tangled in an adventure soaked with intrigue and mystery, as they face arch enemies Marta Heartburn and Baron Scarheart – all the while finding the time to sing a few songs along the way – and save the day!

A tense moment for Dick Barton (Kevin Myers) when Scarheart (Steve Saunders) pulls a gun on him. (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

A tense moment for Dick Barton (Kevin Myers) when Scarheart (Steve Saunders) pulls a gun on him. (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

 ‘Dick Barton – Special Agent’ is at the Dolman Theatre from 15 – 18 January 2014 at 7.15 pm, with an extra matinee performance on the Saturday at 2.30 pm. To book tickets call 01633 263670 or visit dolmantheatre.co.uk.  

Daphne (Nicola Carlyle) and Jock (John Sheen) are captured by Baron Scarheart (Steve Saunders) (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

Daphne (Nicola Carlyle) and Jock (John Sheen) are captured by Baron Scarheart (Steve Saunders) (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

Baron Scarheart (Steve Saunders) plots a fiendish plan with Marta Heartburn (Ros Jones-Griffiths) (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

Baron Scarheart (Steve Saunders) plots a fiendish plan with Marta Heartburn (Ros Jones-Griffiths) (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

Murder most amusing!

May 3, 2013

 

Newport Playgoers present 'Murdered to Death'

Tipsy butler Bunting (Richard Dymond) creeps up behind Mildred (Eileen Symonds) and her niece Dorothy (Rachel Fenwick). (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

Murder, mirth and mayhem are all on the menu  when Newport Playgoers present ‘Murdered to Death’, an hilarious spoof of Agatha Christie whodunnits.

A group of eccentric characters gather in a country house – only to be murdered one by one.  Can the inept Inspector Pratt and his put-upon assistant deduce who is the killer?

They have plenty of suspects to choose from, including a retired army officer, his strung-out wife, a drunken butler, the village spinster, a suspicious Frenchman and a supercilious socialite.

“This highly entertaining satirical parody is very much in the style of Peter Sellers’ Inspector Clouseau, and will appeal to anyone who loves a good laugh,” said the play’s director Chris Bissex-Williams.

Newport Playgoers present 'Murdered to Death'

All the unusual suspects: the cast of ‘Murdered to Death’ in rehearsal (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

Newport Playgoers present 'Murdered to Death'

The bungling Inspector Pratt (Lyndon House) phones for help. (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

“I’m lucky to have some of Playgoers’ finest acting talent in the cast, and rehearsals have been almost as funny as the play itself. The characters have to deliver some outrageous innuendo and then look at the audience as if they’re not quite sure if what they’ve just said is rude. I’m sure audiences will love it.”

‘Murdered to Death’ by Peter Gordon is at the Dolman Theatre from Wednesday 15 – Saturday 18 May at 7.15 pm, with an extra matinee performance on the Saturday at 2.30 pm. To book tickets call 01633 263670 or visit www.dolmantheatre.co.uk. New members are always welcome to join and help out both onstage and behind the scenes.