I hope they've got him," says one of the characters
in the Wesley Players' production of The Man Outside,
a murder thriller, and it is a tribute to an exciting
evening that most of the audience must have hoped so too.
someone who has sat with increasing boredom through Agatha
Christie's The Mousetrap, Janet Allen's three-act mystery
was a reminder that you don't have to visit the West End
to find good theatre.
thrillers of this kind suffer from over-elaboration of
plot, but Janet Allen has hit upon a central theme which
was quite gripping.
wealthy author is murdered at his lonely seaside home.
His wife is suspect number one, as she shows little grief
and is seen to practice her replies to police examination
even before the body is found.
draw attention away from the house she invents The Man
Outside, a suspicious character who has, she says, haunted
the area before the crime.
she does not realize is that The Man Outside exists, and
was a witness to her attempt to throw a gold knife, the
murder weapon, into the sea.
plot, as they say, thickens. A shady past comes to life
with the appearance of an illegitimate son who begins
to see The Man Outside after the dust