Andrew Tidbury as Miles' friend Trevor Farrington is the perfect antidote to the anger, a comically cowardly and softly spoken character, who creeps around trying to look brave behind a golf iron, but jumping at every creak and thud. Shelley Scripps plays the wife of Trevor with a caring, but with an equal measure of self-interest as events conspire to reveal a very personal secret.
The final character introduced, and in brilliantly staged form, is the burglar of the piece, Spriggs,. This role is in the hands of the immensely reliable Adrian Wyman. Here perhaps, is Wyman at the best I have seen him, in a role that fits his comedic timing and style like a glove. He dominates every scene he is in and ekes out every ounce of comedy in the script, and then some. A quite brilliant performance.
The set is a stripped back living room, presented with furniture and decoration upon an effective black box. It is surprisingly good, working with the antics nicely. Equally, Richard Llewellyn directs with pace, never allowing this reasonably long play to flag. Keeping the cast moving and never allowing the eye to linger more than a moment, the play zips along and never feels like its running time.
Theft is a surprise, in both script, storyline and humour. It has hardly dated, and here with the quality Technical Players cast, is well performed. It deserves a full audience for its remaining performances, and actually, after a couple of years of trial in the world, you also deserve to see this treat of a play.
Performance reviewed: Wednesday 10th November 2021 at the Castle Theatre Studio, Wellingborough.