The next venture from local drama group CADS is something of a world exclusive! Local author Roy Maddox has recently adapted a short radio play called Strangers on a Film by novelist and script writer Stephen Wyatt, which they’re entering into several local drama festivals, starting with the Sawston Festival in March where it will get its first ever live public performance.
The play, based on real events, imagines a series of encounters in 1950 between film director Alfred Hitchcock and thriller writer Raymond Chandler. Hitchcock was, at the time, looking for someone to write a screenplay for his next film, which was to be an adaptation of the novel Strangers on a Train, the debut novel by Patricia Highsmith. An admirer of Chandler’s work, Hitch approached him to work on the screenplay, though relations between the two men turned out to be far from harmonious. Strangers on a Film charts the increasingly acrimonious relationship between the two men, told through a mixture of individual meetings and direct addresses to the audience, and illustrated with projected film, animation and still images.
The play’s world premiere will take place at the Sawston Drama Festival, which runs from 19 to 21 March at the Marven Centre in Sawston Village College (New Road, Sawston CB22 3BP). Six plays, including Strangers, will be presented over the three nights by different local groups with a professional adjudication at the end of each evening and an awards ceremony on the Saturday. The CADS entry has been scheduled for the second slot on Thursday 19 March. Further details about the Festival itself, tickets to which are available to anyone, can be found on the Festival’s Facebook page.
Subsequent to this, CADS will be performing the play again at the Welwyn Drama Festival in May at the Barn Theatre, and at the Cambridge Drama Festival in September at the ADC; it is hoped also to be able to perform it in Royston at the annual Arts Festival.