The Moorlander features in Stateside play!

Karen Chapman
Karen Chapman

Flowertown Players, a theatre company in Summerville, a town in the American state of South Carolina, is presenting a play set on Dartmoor.

‘Accomplice’, written by Rupert Holmes, is to be staged later this month. Flowertown Players approached The Moorlander in order to acquire an authentic Dartmoor newspaper for the production and we sent them some copies to use on stage.

As you can see in the image, the actors in the newspaper scene (Rob Hazelip and Pat Cullinane as Derek and Janet Taylor) look quintessentially English, and Rob is incredibly reminiscent of Leslie Phillips as a young man. Both adultery and murder are in the air on Dartmoor at the stylish weekend retreat of the affluent Derek and Janet Taylor. The punctuated British humour of author Rupert Holmes seeps through as audiences learn each character’s devious motivation in this murder, mystery, comedy.

“The best fooler since Sleuth and twice as clever!” said the L.A. Times, while L.A. Theatre & Entertainment Review endorsed it as “the comedy thriller of all comedy thrillers!”

Director Susie Hallatt has directed and acted throughout the US and England. “I love anything British, and this play is essentially an English thriller with a pretty neat American surprise at the end. I can’t wait to help the cast unravel the story then twist it back up for our audience!”, she proclaimed. Susie has appeared in many Charleston productions and is pleased to be directing her first show in the Lowcountry (an area on South Carolina’s coast) having been previously seen as Eleanor in No Sex, Please, We’re British and as Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest with The Flowertown Players. Audience members can expect to be “amused, amazed, confused, shocked”, said Hallatt.

USA Today proclaimed the production was “Part murder mystery, part sex farce and completely entertaining…suspenseful, charming and funny”.

If you know anyone in South Carolina who might be interested, the play is being staged between 20th and 29th October – visit for more information.

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