“Liam Fox as Frederick is very successful at portraying the naïve loner… Likewise, Lisa Whiteside plays Miranda, the object of his affection, with a suitably emotional performance… Director Martin Harris draws excellent performances from his actors and does a good job with the script… The Collector has a strong plot and is well acted.” – What’s On Stage
“Frederick’s naivety is captured in a strange and rather beautiful way by director Martin Harris and by actor Liam Fox’s portrayal… Lisa Whiteside is Miranda and both characters are entirely believable and the struggle between them completely compelling… Music played a truly important part in this production, an appropriate touch, considering the far reaching influences of the novel, and the action becomes almost film-like on occasion, as the characters perform over the soundtrack… There is plenty to pick and probe here for any intelligent audience – this is certainly one Collector that deserves to be released.” – Tameside Advertiser
THE COLLECTOR by JOHN FOWLES (ADAPTED BY MARK HEALY)
Ever since he first saw her,Frederick Clegg has been obsessed with Miranda Grey. The repressed, introverted butterfly collector admires the beautiful, privileged art student from afar. When he wins the Lottery, he buys a remote country house, planning to bring her there as his ‘guest’. Having abducted and imprisoned her in the cellar he soon finds the reality is far from his fantasy and their tense, claustrophobic relationship leads to a devastating climax.
Originally a novel written by John Fowles in 1963 The Collector was subsequently made into a film with Terence Stamp and Samantha Eggar. Since then it has been adapted for the stage on several occasions, most successfully in this adaptation by Mark Healy. The novel has inspired a number of songs by artists as diverse as The Everly Brothers, The Jam and Nine Inch Nails and has been referenced in comic books, novels and a number of television series, including The Simpsons.
Liam Fox as Frederick Clegg.
Lisa Whiteside as Miranda Grey.
DATES / VENUES:
4-5 February 2010 / The Lowry, Salford