Local amateur dramatics group Marlowe Players are to perform Patrick Hamilton's Rope this winter - the play famously adapted for the cinema by Alfred Hitchcock.
Rope was written in 1929 (which is when the play is set) by Patrick Hamilton, and it later become Alfred Hitchcock's first feature film in colour. The 2002 film 'Murder by Numbers' (with Sandra Bullock and Ryan Gosling) is a modern take on the concept of the play.
The play is set around Brandon and Granillo, two undergraduates who murder their friend and conceal his body in a chest. That night, however, a dinner party takes place in the apartment, with guests unwittingly using the chest as a table. The tensions builds throughout, as the pair try to host the evening as normal in spite of their gruesome secret.
The Marlowe Players, founded in 1948, is one of Derby's longest running ameteur dramatics groups. They perform three plays a year, designing their own costumes, set, sound and lighting. Previous accolades for the group include NODA (National Operatic and Dramatic Association) and Eagle awards. Rope is the directorial debut of Tamzin Grayson, one of the established members of the group.
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