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"Pack of Lies" - tickets now on sale! 27 Feb 2024 (Bartholomew Players) Directed by BAFTA award-winning playwright Laurence Marks, this Cold-war thriller set in the 1960's is based on a true story

Bartholomew Players present: "A Pack of Lies” by Hugh Whitemore

This cold war thriller set in suburban London in 1960-61 was not only recommended to us by one of our Patrons, BAFTA-award winner writer Laurence Marks (of “Birds of a Feather” fame as well as many hit TV dramas) but we are honoured and delighted that Laurence will be Directing the production with Debi Lisburne Diacon as his Co-Director. 

Set during the Cold War in Ruislip, north-west London, this tense drama is based on a true story. Barbara and Bob live with their teenage daughter Julie in a quiet surburban street when a high-level plain clothes policeman arrives to ask whether he can place a surveillance look-out officer in their front bedroom – just for a few days. The family are not told why nor who they are trying to catch or what they might have done.  Daughter Julie finds it exciting, father Bob is pragmatic but Barbara finds the whole thing intrusive, worrying and extremely stressful.

Co-Director Debi Lisburne Diacon said “Well, here we are again today in 2024 with things extremely tense between Russia and Europe. Topically relevant, Hugh Whitemore has taken this true story from the Cold War era and given us a play which deals in lies and betrayal. This should lead us to question how well do we ever know anyone – even those we believe ourselves to be closest to? Are there Russian spies embedded into your society and friendships? How would you know? How would you feel about being forced into betraying your best friend?


Venue: Eynsham Village Hall, Back Lane, Eynsham, OX29 4QW

Dates: Wed 15th, Thurs 16th, Fri 17th and Sat 18th May 2024

Doors open: 7.00pm, Performance: 7.30pm

Price: £12.00 (no concessions)

Available: online from in advance from Evenlode DIY in Eynsham, from, Denise Santilli, 07721 744020 or on the door



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