Rising Damp writer brings thriller to stage

Playwrighter Eric Chappell. 858B
Playwrighter Eric Chappell. 858B
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FAMOUS writer Eric Chappell is bringing his first ever thriller to the Guildhall Arts Centre, in Grantham, on Wednesday, November 2.

Eric, who lives in Barrowby and is best known for writing television sitcom Rising Damp in the ’70s, is looking forward to seeing his play, Dead Reckoning, debuted.

He said: “It’s the first thriller I’ve ever written. I’ve always written comedies before so I’m a little nervous about it.”

Eric said with comedy the laughter is a sure sign of success or failure but the silence of a thriller is harder to read.

He said: “The silence could mean the audience is bored or enthralled.”

The play is based around a man whose wife has been murdered. He wants the death penalty brought back and then a man arrives promising to carry out his wish.

Eric said: “I don’t want to give too much away, suspense is everything in these things.

“People tell me it’s got lots of twists and turns and I like to keep them guessing until the end.”

As well as the thriller the professional actors at Outloud Productions are also performing a comedy - Passing Strangers.

This will be at Stamford Corn Exchange Theatre on Thursday, November 3.

For more information on the plays contact the Guildhall on 01476 406158 or Stamford Corn Exchange on 01780 766455.