Cracking cast tangle in a thrilling web of deceit

Maria Peters and Simon Reece on the sofa and Alan Stockdill standing with hammer in Halifax Thespians' production of Inside Job
Maria Peters and Simon Reece on the sofa and Alan Stockdill standing with hammer in Halifax Thespians' production of Inside Job

Inside Job

Halifax Thespians

Halifax Playhouse

A good thriller always attracts a big audience for the Thespians and a full house was spellbound by John Cohen’s perfectly judged and superbly acted production of Brian Clemens’s Inside Job.

The play is beautifully crafted by Clemens, who wrote for The Professionals and The Avengers.

Its ingenious plot never loses momentum as the murderous machinations of Alex, his wife Suzy and professional safe-cracker and “bangman” Larry as they plot and counterplot their clever, intricate webs of deceit and dissimulation, leading to a thrilling and genuinely surprising denouement.

One could not imagine this intriguingly convoluted three-hander being better acted.

Were they actors or real criminals? It was impossible to tell.

They had the body language, lingo, subtle menace and volatile unpredictability to a tee.

Their timing and teamwork were faultless. Simon Reece with his tattoos and flashy jewellery was totally convincing as wideboy chancer Larry. Alan Stockdill exuded danger as hardman Alex, while Maria Peters skilfully brought out both the vulnerability and treachery of Suzy.

The sultry Spanish music and slightly seedy Spanish villa designed by Leighton Hirst set the scene perfectly.

On until Saturday. Not to be missed.

Julia Anderson