MURDER, diamonds, bluffs and double-bluffs – all the ingredients for Melville Theatre’s latest show, Inside Job.
Written by Brian Clemens OBE and directed by Joan Scafe, the play is set in Spain where a professional safe-cracker enjoys a hedonistic life until the stunning Suzy sweeps into his world for a secret rendezvous.
But what starts out as an assignation rapidly spirals into an intrigue of diamonds, plots, counter-plots and an intricate web of deceit and deception.
Playwright Clemens, who died last January, was related to Mark Twain and best known for his work on the TV shows The Avengers and The Professionals.
“Inside Job has a cast of only three and takes place in a converted farmhouse that is leased to tourists,” Scafe said.
“At any given time, the action is mostly between combinations of two people so, whoever’s not there, is oblivious to many things.
“The main challenge was finding a cast that gelled together well and looked right with each other.”
Initially performing while at school in the UK, Scafe has more than 35 years’ theatre experience in WA after she first took to the stage in a Murdoch University production of The Bacchae at Dolphin Theatre in 1977.
She appeared in Melville Theatre’s inaugural show Not Now Darling in 1982 and has appeared in a plethora of plays since – and was nominated for best actress for her role in Three Tall Women at the 2009 Finley Awards.
More recently, Scafe has appeared in Calendar Girls at Garrick Theatre and On Golden Pond at Harbour Theatre while also directing several shows at Melville Theatre.
“Having directed a very successful comedy in 2014, I was looking for a different genre,” she said.
“I liked the sound of Inside Job, bought the script and found it was a ‘keep ‘em guessing’ play – just what I like.”
Inside Job plays at 8pm February 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, March 3, 4 and 5 with a 2pm matinee February 28. Tickets are $20, $15 concession – book on 9330 4565 or at www.meltheco.org.au.
Melville Theatre is on the corner of Stock Road and Canning Highway, Palmyra.
inside1: Wayne Cant, left, Kirstie Francis and Max Maxville enter into an intricate web of deceit and deception in Inside Job.
inside2: Max Maxville, left, Kirstie Francis and Wayne Cant are appearing in Inside Job at Melville Theatre.
inside3: Larry (Max Maxville, left), Suzy (Kirstie Francis) and Alex (Wayne Cant) are involved in a series of bluffs and double-bluffs in Inside Job.
inside4: The stunning Suzy (Kirstie Francis) finds diamonds are a girl’s best friend in Inside Job.
As a result, the Melville Theatre Company was born. The newly formed company's first production was the farce, Not Now Darling. With its second production, The Sound of Music, the young company won the Finley Award for the Best Production of the Year in Community Theatre. Since then, actors and directors have consistently featured in the list of awards at the annual State Drama Festival, now known as Dramafest.
Initially, performances were in the Melville Civic Centre but, since 1987, the venue has been the Roy Edinger Centre, on the corner of Stock Road and Canning Highway, Palmyra.
P: 08 9330 4565