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Norman Robbins
Nightmare

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Synopsis

Marion Bishop, an elderly writer of romantic novels, is dying. Katherine Willis, a kind soul from the nearby village, lookd after Marion in a most caring way, while coping with her own mentally retarded brother of twenty. When Katherine takes leave to attend her cousinís wedding in Scotland, Laura, an experienced nurse from London, comes to take care f the failing writer on the recommendation of the local doctor. A series of mysterious phone calls and the appearance Ryamond, Marionís rapacious nephew, set off a nightmare situation which becomes increasingly complicated when Katherineís brother is found murdered in a ditch. Deceit, suspicion, blackmail and incrimination are subtlywoven into a web of crime which is complicated by a dramatic confrontation scene just before an ingenious twist brings a surprising close.

Cast

First performed at the Oast Theatre, Tonbridge, on 24th October 1987 with the following cast:-

Doris Meacham   Rita Carpenter
Katherine Willis   Karen Elves
Dr Andrew Thorn   John Taylor
Michael Willis   Andrew Rayfield
Raymond Shapley   John Rutherford
Marion Bishop   Joan Llyod
Laura Vinnecombe   Valerie Armstrong

Dedication

For my wife, Alisa.

Copyright © Norman Robbins 1988