Barnstaple's Fringe Theatre Festival
June 23rd-26th 2016


Pilot's Thumb

An incredibly engaging whodunit; Deadline offers a unique spin on the tried and tested murder mystery formula.

The plot begins during the interrogation of elderly local oddball Paul concerning a missing person’s case. His relationship with young nurse Louise is closely examined as the blame is pinned on him. We frequently revisit their late walk home and as his recollections begin to raise questions we are left to speculate over the identity of the true culprit.

The structure drew me in as I eagerly awaited the next clue. Set on a simplistic yet effective stage the focus was placed on the characters. Their captivating streams of consciousness were as perfectly paced as they were performed. The subtle backstories were intriguing and offered new contexts and fresh perspectives when piecing together the crime. Danny Strike and Cassie Williamson shone in their roles as two opposites searching for safety and comfort whilst Beth Hewlett’s sharp flashes as a camera busy journalist emphasised the effects of an intrusive press and their flippant statements.

The strong narrative and clever direction kept the piece from ever stalling as you began to question the crime itself. This thought provoking drama will leave you scratching your heads in search of an answer that’s been laid out before you.

A great achievement.
Tom Whitton, The Daily Fringe