Review: Not Dead Enough

Not Dead Enough

On Monday night (10th April), The Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury held the opening night for Peter James’ adaptation of his book “Not Dead Enough”.

Telling the story of a serial killer on the loose in Brighton, Peter James teams up with Shaun McKenna and Olivier award-winning director Ian Talbot, in this murder mystery thriller.

“On the night Brian Bishop murdered his wife, he was 60 miles away, asleep in bed. At least that’s what he claims. But as Detective Superintendent Roy Grace continues to deal with the mysterious disappearance of his own wife, he starts to dig a little deeper into the chilling murder case and it soon becomes clear that love can be a dangerous thing…”

Starring Shane Richie (Eastenders), Laura Whitmore (Strictly Come Dancing) and Stephen Billington (Coronation Street), this production had the promise from the outset of star performances.

Shane Richie plays DS Roy Grace.  A detective with personal demons that play on his mind, clouding his judgement. Although we are used to seeing Shane play less serious roles, he manages to keep his humour, while playing someone dealing with a serious past

Laura Whitmore plays Cleo Morey, a pathologist who happens to be in a relationship with DS Grace.  Considering this is Laura’s first serious role we’re aware of, she plays Cleo with ease-her emotion and strength shining through, eradicating any previous ideas critics have had, about Laura’s capability as a serious actress.

Stephen Billington plays Brian Bishop, who is nothing short of, vindictive, evil and mesmerising.  The one character to have the audience second guessing his every move, his erratic behaviour and confrontations with other characters are thrilling to watch.

Supported by Michael Quartey playing the brilliantly funny Glenn Branson, Gemma Atkins playing the easily misled Sophie Harrington and Gemma Stroyan playing Bella Boy, the balance between light hearted humour and serious spine-chilling scenes were almost always on point.

There are a couple of moments where the audience weren’t entirely sure whether they should be laughing or not-where the action scenes did come across a little “slapstick”, but the story was comparable with the original text, and the acting commendable.

Well worth a watch, tickets are still available from The Marlowe Theatre website here

By Jemma Willson of Mayflower Blogs