Norman Robbins

Full Length Play, Drama  /  4f, 3m

Marion Bishop, an elderly writer of romantic novels, is dying. Katherine Willis, a kind soul from the nearby village, looks after her in a most caring way, while coping with her mentally retarded brother of twenty. When Katherine takes leave to attend her cousin's wedding in Scotland, Laura, an expe…
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  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    4f, 3m
  • Duration
    120 minutes (2 hours)
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  • Audience
    Target Audience
    • Appropriate for all audiences

Marion Bishop, an elderly writer of romantic novels, is dying.  Katherine Willis,  kind soul from the nearby village, looks after Marion in a most caring wwy while coping with her own mentally retarded brother oftwenty.  When Katherine takes leave to attend her cousin's wedding in Scotland. Laura and experienced nurse from London comes to take care of the failing writer, on the recommendation of the local doctor. A series of mysterious phone calls and the appearance of Raymond, Marion's rapacious nephew, set off a nightmare situation which becomes increasingly complicated when Katherine's brother is found murdered in a ditch.  Deceit, suspicion, blackmail and incrimination are subtly woven into a web ofcrime which is completed by a dramamtic confrontation scene just before an ingenious twist brings a surprising close.


First production at the  Oast Theatre Tonbridge opened on 2th October 1987

As of 2016 over 200 productions worldwide

Translated into Dutch



Performing Groups
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Senior Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • No Special Cautions

Licence details

  • Minimum Fee: £69 per performance plus VAT when applicable.



  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


The action takes place in the living-room of Marion Bishop's home, Moor View, an isolated house on the edge of Barrowdale Moor, two miles from the village of Hanbury.

Act 1 Sc 1: A Saturday morning in mid-September: Sc 2 Two weeks later : Sc 3 Ten days later

Act 2 Sc1 Later that evening: Sc 2 Four days later, morning: Sc 3 The following day, evening



4f, 3m
Cast Attributes
  • Parts for Senior Actors

DORIS (30 - 40)

KATHERINE (30 - 40)

ANDREW (40's)

MICHAEL (20's)

RAYMOND (30's)

MARION (70's)

LAURA (mid 20's)

Casting Notes

Katherine and Michael could be cast older or slightly younger, but their relative ages must be comparative to their relationship.

Doris could be cast older.





"It would be hard to find a play with so many ingenious twists and turns.......are to be congratulated for putting on a show that had most people, including myself, baffled till the very end with a few scary moments in between.  A classic whodunit" - Lancashire Evening Post October 2009



Norman Robbins

Norman, one of Amateur Theatre's most popular authors wrote his first stage show almost 60 years ago whilst working for the Yorkshire Evening Post. An avid theatre-goer from the age of 3, (his Grand-parents ran the pub near the local theatre so free tickets were always available) he was equally fascinated by Operett ...

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