Pictured: (From left: Patrizia von Sachsen-Altenburg, Joel Embury, Robyn Randall, Phil Embury and Clare Humphreys

 At their recent production of Pack of Lies by Hugh Whitemore, Cranbourne Amateur Dramatic Society found they had a professional in the audience.  Kris Marshall, best known for his roles in Love Actually, Death in Paradise and My Family, enjoyed the play and helped draw the raffle.

 Pack of Lies is set in the early 1960’s. It deals with the real life case of Helen and Peter Kroger (played by Clare Humphreys and Phil Embury), an American couple living in Ruislip, West London, who were arrested and later convicted of spying for the Soviet Union. The play, a tense drama, focuses on the corrosive effect of deceit. The house opposite the Krogers, occupied by their close friends Bob and Barbara Jackson and their daughter Julie (Joel Embury, Patrizia von Sachsen-Altenburg and Robyn Randall) is taken over covertly by the security services led by the mysterious Mr Stewart (Andy Shea) and his female detectives Thelma and Sally  (Lynn Gresty and Abi Suermondt) as a surveillance post. Maintaining a façade of one kind or another takes its toll on all the characters’ lives.

Pictured: Kris Marshall (on left) drawing the raffle on stage with Roger Fletcher.

The cast played to full houses over three nights and the standard of acting was high with Natalie Jenno’s taut direction ensuring that the tension was sustained to the final curtain. As always the stage and set were built from scratch, with the CADS family, led by producer Jim Butcher, scouring their own living rooms, attics and charity shops to recreate an authentic 1960’s set.

The efforts of the group were not lost on Kris who was full of praise:

Firstly may I say how much I enjoyed the production. It is humbling to a so-called professional actor to see the effort, time, and dedication involved in putting on engaging amateur theatre. The actors involved struck just the right chord of characterisation and mounting tension to do the play justice. Plus all of those responsible for creating and dressing the 'box' set on stage, both backstage and front of house helped to provide a fantastic and enthralling evening.”  

CADS are a thriving amateur group but are always happy to welcome new members wishing to get involved on or off stage. To find out more go to cadsact.org.uk or call Viv Lewis on 01344 886456.