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Trap for a Lonely Man By Robert Thomas

Chewton 2013


A mystery thriller set in a chalet in the French alps in the 1950's. Daniel Corban reports his wife missing to the police. He is very upset when a priest arrives and says he has found Madame Corban alive and well. He brings in the woman - Daniel insists that it is not his wife. Several people arrive and say that she is Madame Corban. Daniel feels he is losing his grip on reality.

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Trap for a Lonely ManDave Maxwell as Merluche

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Cast & Crew

The Man   Frank Sartore
The Police Inspector Brian Fitches
The Priest   Jeff Jones
The Woman Jan Maxwell
The Tramp   Dave Maxwell
The Nurse    Maggie Browne
Director   Bette Sartore
Stage Manager Terry Woodhouse
Properties   Dave Maxwell
Set Construction Frank Sartore, Dave Maxwell, Brian Fitches
Lights & Sound Alex & Ash Krive

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Review by Robyn Yeoward - Midland Express 18 Jun 2013

“Convincing comedy thriller”

Reviewed by Robyn Yeoward Midland Express, Tuesday June 18, 2013

'Piege pour un homme seul' was written by French writer, actor and film director Robert Thomas (1927-89) who staged it in Paris in 1960 where it immediately became an overnight success.

Hailed as the film Alfred Hitchcock never made, after he bought the film rights, Trap for a Lonely Man did in fact make it into two films: One of My Wives is Missing (1976) and Vanishing Act (1986).

Robert Thomas helped to invent the comedy thriller and this murder mystery became a staple play popular with provincial drama groups.

Last Friday night, Trap for a Lonely Man opened for a short season in the Chewton's Senior Citizens Centre, currently based in the historic Methodist Sunday School Hall.

The play takes place in the living room of a chalet in the French Alps. Local artists Pauline Morrison-Jack and Marilyn Andrews painted a stunning alpine scene for the backdrop which will go to a good home at the end of the play's season.

All the actors were local, coming from Kyneton, Maldon and Lauriston, and most worked on the 'crew' as well as in the 'cast'.

Students Alex and Ash Krive from Kyneton Secondary College operated the stage lights.

The performers' French accents were very convincing and from the collective sigh expressed the the story's denouement at the end of the play, it seemed that most of us hadn't guessed who-dun-it.

During the last 30 years, Cathouse Players, known as 'CATS' have won countless awards and received critical acclaim for the high standard of their shows. The Director, Bette Sartore and leading man, Frank Sartore, brought their beloved theatre company to Kyneton after the Cathouse Theatre was closed down in Craigieburn by the local council for OHS reasons. Craigieburn's loss is indeed, our gain.

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