Cage

This show was written by and stars Dugald Bruce-Lockhart, as Jack, the central character who has been jilted by his fiancée immediately before their marriage some months back. He is unable emotionally to leave that devastating time. He is somewhat like a male Miss Havisham; however, he is not despairing alone, but is seeking answers, and aggressively so.He begins by telling the audience just what situation he is in – he punctures the fourth wall, but then rebuilds it again. At one point an ‘audience member’ is spotted writing and is asked to bring out his notepad. He is so pathetically compliant it is very clear he is a cast member. But the gun helps rebuild the wall again. Very symbolic, the gun. It has an important part to play.We are aware of being in a theatre – and yet numb the situation. You feel for the ex-fiancée (Penelope Rawlings) and the new man and Jack’s best friend, (John Sackville). They have acted badly, but boy, does Jack make them pay for it. And from the first moment to the end we feel that Jack is in total control. Motto: never jilt a control freak. Better not to jilt anyone at all. The thought does occur; why did Jack, with his obsessive feelings and the keys to the house, wait so long for his revenge?This is a very involving drama. From the beginning we are made to feel that Jack is someone we should be wary of, and that he is a man in the clutches of a passionate anger. This draws us into the action and into the plight of all three characters. A very diverting and absorbing afternoon.

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The Blurb

Dugald Bruce-Lockhart leads the cast in the premiere of this powerful psychological thriller. Betrayed by his wife-to-be and his best man, Jack seeks retribution with the perfect present in a masterstroke of manipulation. www.thecageonstage.com

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