Local boys handed key role in thriller

Andrew Lancel, Roibert Duncan and Diane Keene in The Small Hand. Picture by Darren Bell Photography SUS-141031-093728001

Andrew Lancel, Roibert Duncan and Diane Keene in The Small Hand. Picture by Darren Bell Photography SUS-141031-093728001

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New stage thriller The Small Hand is set to scare as well as delight ghost story fans at the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne, from Monday, November 10, to Saturday, November 17.

Adapted from Susan Hill’s 2010 novel by Clive Francis, it tells the story of art dealer Adam Snow who accidently comes across a derelict Edwardian house after taking a wrong turn.

Curiosity gets the better of him and he approaches the front door to take a closer look, but is hit with a chilling sensation as he feels a small cold hand reach for his own. Over the coming weeks, Snow suffers recurring nightmares and panic attacks and tries to find out more about the house and its occupants, while the small hand continues to reach out for him...

Four Sussex boys from The Theatre Workshop have been cast as the ‘small, cold hand’ that antagonises and intrigues Mr Snow for the Brighton and Eastbourne performances.

Cameron Sutherland, younger brother Arthur, Frankie Milward and Lucas Brown, pupils at the Sussex schools in Brighton and Chichester, were chosen for the role purely on their talent.

School Principal Lora Munro said: “They are very keen and we felt it would be brilliant for them to experience the thrill and rare opportunity of working on a professional production.”