REVIEW: THE SOUND OF MURDER (Yvonne Arnaud Theatre) ★★★★
I love a play with a twisted murder plot, and that is just what William Fairchild’s The Sound of Murder delivers.
Obviously, I can’t give anything away, however the key to this plot is a dictating machine used by highly successful children’s author Charles Norbury, who as a successful tiny tots’ favourite author in reality hates the very children he writes for and treats his long suffering wife “Anne” with cruelty and barely concealed malevolence.
From the very opening of the play Marcus Hutton’s portrayal of Charles Norbury as a cold, cruel and scheming sadist was delivered with a chilling menace and his mocking self-righteousness made me truly hate his character.
The action takes place in the autumn of 1960 in the Norbury’s cottage in Surrey and David Norths atmospheric set captures the mood nicely.
Joanna Bending took over the role of Anne Norbury from “Emmerdale’s” “Corinne Wicks recently and she delivered a performance that I found both touching, and full of angst.
Detective Inspector Davidson is ably played by John Hester, whilst Jolyon Young plays the role of local Bobby PC Nash and both actors provide snippets of comic relief throughout the 2nd Act.
It’s not “Broadchurch” but it delivers an enjoyable evening out.
Reviewed by Neil Mcfarlane