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by Hugh Whitemore

Directed by Mark Kimsey
May 12, 13 & 14, 2005

Bob Jackson Malcolm Bentote
Barabara Jackson Valerie Clark
Julie Jackson Johanna Hughes
Helen Kroger Sue Worker
Peter Kroger Tag
Stewart Mark Brown
Thelma Katy Clifton
Sally Estelle Dunham

Programme Notes       [ Photographs ]

In 1961, Peter and Helen Kroger, two Americans living in a London suburb, were convicted of spying for the Russians and sentenced to twenty years' imprisonment.

From these true facts Hugh Whitemore has written a powerfully moving fictional account of the events leading up to their arrest with the action centered on the totally unsuspecting Jackson household - Bob, Barbara and their daughter Julie.

The Jacksons live oppposite the Krogers, believing them to be a convivial Canadian couple and their closest friends. Then a mysterious stranger arrives, announces he is from M.I.5 and quietly coerces the Jacksons into allowing their house to be used as a surveillance post.

In the nightmare months that follow, the Jacksons' decent, happy life is shattered as the truth about their much-loved friends is gradually revealed to them and, helpless in an alien, sordid world of deception and treachery, Barbara reaches breaking point with the agonizing realization that the Krogers have betrayed her and she, in turn, has betrayed the Krogers.

Location: A suburb of London.
Time: The autumn/winter of 1960-61.
The main events of the story are true.