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The curtain has come down on our latest production ‘Trap for a Lonely Man’ – a psychological thriller set in the French Alps. It was tense as the drama slowly built up, and with a very surprising twist at the end that no-one saw coming. At least, that was what the audience told us each night.... and like ‘The Mousetrap’, we asked them not to reveal the ending to anyone.


We would like to thank everyone who took part – not just the gallant actors and director who put the play together in just over six weeks, but also the ‘behind the scenes’ crew, the unsung heroes who make it all happen.


Written by Robert Thomas the play is set in the French Alps where newly married Daniel has reported that his wife, the wealthy heiress Elizabeth, has gone missing after an argument. A local priest brings the news that his wife has returned, but instead of being delighted, Daniel is confused when he sees the woman is not his missing wife after all. However, she seems to know him and explains that her new husband has bouts of mental illness so does not recognise her. Is Daniel confused or is there a plot afoot? As the play progresses, it becomes clear that nobody is who they say they are, until all is revealed in a final twist.......


Man - Dominic O'Connor

Woman - Liz Hume

Inspector - John Fletcher

Priest - Felix Byrne

Merluche - Allan Schonfeld

Nurse - Jess Marshman














Simon Welch, making his directorial debut here, is a relatively new member of the Holt Players.


Having moved to Trowbridge last June from Cyprus, he was cast as the irascible and snobbish squire David Horton in our sell-out production of The Vicar of Dibley last November. Now he is leading the team putting on the psychological thriller Trap for a Lonely Man – a play he says he has always wanted to direct ever since he first saw it in Nottingham almost 40 years ago.


Simon, 65, and originally from Chingford, Essex, has been involved with drama all his adult life, despite a somewhat peripatetic existence that took him not only around the South of England and the Midlands, but also abroad to Chiang Mai in Thailand for six years, and Paphos, Cyprus for seven. Indeed, he met his wife Joan - another keen thespian – in an amateur dramatic society in South Lincolnshire, where he was living at the time.


Wherever they were in the world, there was always a drama group to join.’ I’m a jack of all trades’, he says with a grin, ’happy to turn my hand to anything on stage and backstage. Though I do draw the line at singing..... I just love being part of a team’.


Favourite plays you have performed? ‘Jeffrey Barnard is Unwell, by Keith Waterhouse was a great one to be in . As was Alan Bennett’s Lady in a Van, which was so well written.  Another favourite was playing Snug/Lion/Fairy In Midsummer Night’s Dream which involved wearing wings and a tutu – don’t ask! – but perhaps my most unusual role was Grandpa Joe in a ballet school adaptation of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory – in Thailand. 


And I really enjoy being the ‘baddie’ in Panto. My last role was King Rat in Dick Whittington, complete with a twirly tail.’


Clearly, Simon Welch has a lot more to give to the Holt Players. Who knows when Panto will be back.....?




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