By Patrick Hamilton    |   Winter 2013


★ ★ ★ ★

“Eliot Ruocco-Trenouth gives a well-detailed portrait of Charles Granillo, the weaker of the two undergraduates…his confederate is Wyndham Brandon, to whom Tom Moran gives the right degree of unpleasant superiority.”

Anne Morley-Priestman (WhatsOnStage)

“Elliot Hughes creates a memorable character as a limping war veteran, tieless and in cordouroys, a misfit of peacetime, amoral but as accusative as Priestley’s Inspector.”

Basil Abbot (Plays International)

“Cordelia Spence directs her young cast superbly, achieving a fine balance between well-drawn caricatures in a mannered piece of its era and a tale to grip a contemporary audience.”

David Porter (Eastern Daily Press)


The action opens into the London flat of Wyndham Brandon in the year 1929 as he, and fellow perpetrator Charles Granillo, are found amidst the aftermath of their first murder. This is, however, not merely a murder of opportunity or chance, but rather the realisation of Brandon’s childhood dream – a ‘passionless, faultless, clueless and motiveless murder’ committed in the pursuit of ‘art’. In light of this, the pair proceed to conceal the corpse (that of their fellow undergraduate) within a capacious chest, inviting an eccentric group of individuals, including the murdered boy’s Father and Aunt, to partake in a feast upon it. As a thunderstorm rages outside, and the tension mounts, emotions run riot as Rupert Cadell, a war ravaged poet and former tutor to the guilty pair, becomes increasingly suspicious of the evenings events.

Cast & Crew

  • James Anderson – Sir Johnstone Kentley
  • Elliot Hughes – Rupert Cadell
  • Kirsty Mealing – Leila Arden
  • Thomas Moran – Wyndham Brandon
  • Luke Penrose – Kenneth Raglan
  • Jo Lucy Rackham – Mrs Debenham
  • Eliot Ruocco-Trenouth – Charles Granillo
  • Lee Samuels – Sabot
  • Cordelia Spence – Director
  • Jo Lucy Rackham – Assistant Director
  • Alexandra Casey – Stage Manager
  • Rebecca Evers – Assistant Stage Manager
  • Declan Pattison – Lighting & Sound Operator
  • Thomas Preston – Sound Designer
  • Eloise Mitchell – Set Designer
  • Suzannah Platt – Costumes
  • Rosalind Hewett – Additional Props
  • Lauren Abel – Additional Costume & Props
  • Elizabeth Talbot – Fight Choreographer
  • Aaron Hudson – Filming & Editing
  • Luke Penrose – Rehearsal Photography
  • Pencil Bandit – Graphics & Poster