Strictly For The Birds - performed Feburary 1997

By Don Woods

Performed with the kind permission of Josef Weinberger

Director - Chris Mason


(in order of appearance)

Bernard Miller Adrian Bolton
Mr. Booth Richard Pilkington
Linda Miller Rosamund Pettet
Inspector Irving Matin Rayner
Miss Pyke Val Taylor
Hannah Paxton Heidi Bayley
Robin Paxton Richard Pilkington

Production Team

Chris Mason, Rosamund Pettet, Jude Hussey, alan Wheeler, Bill Chapman, Bruce Emeny, Maurice Barber, Greg Garrad, Darryl Streatfield, Alan Laurie, Roger Davies, Sarah Paynter, Jenny Glayzer, Viv Wheatley, Patience Ling.

The Play

Twists and counter-twists maintain suspense at high level in this complex new thriller. When Bernard discovers to his great surprise that his wife Linda has a penchant for collecting diamonds, a mysterious chain of events is set off. Linda is forced to explain that the diamonds serve as a pay-off for a blackmailer and as the couple set out to trap the blackmailer, it soon becomes apparent that far more insidious plans are in progress than at first imagined. The audience is kept continuously on edge as to the eventual outcome as the local inspector attempts to unravel the web of deceit and intrigue.


Enthralling is the only way to describe this latest offering from the Manifest Theatre Group.
Playing to packed houses at the Manifest Theatre in Manningtree, Strictly For The Birds certainly lived up to its billing as a gripping mystery thriller.
The four-act play by Don Woods, directed by Chris Mason, revolves around a husband and wife who set out to trap a sadistic blackmailer.
With more twists than the back road from Manningtree to Harwich, the plot kept everyone guessing right to the very end.
There were powerful performances from Adrian Bolton and Rosamund Pettet, on stage for practically the whole of the two hour production and word perfect.
Despite all the tension, there were some lighter moments, mostly provided by Val Taylor, who seems to slip into whatever role she is cast.
Visits to the Manifest are always enjoyable but this was one of the most memorable.
Lesley Pallett

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