Knebworth Amateur Theatrical Society
Our next production, The 39 Steps, has been cast and is in rehearsals, with the play due to be performed on 17-19th November. It will directed by VivRichardson who has previously directed Habeus Corpus and Noises Off.
Welcome to KATS, Knebworth’s premier drama group. We perform two plays per year, one in May and one in November, with a fundraising quiz night every February. Our actors have performed comedies, dramas, shakespeare, one act, and full plays, and the occasional big budget panto. Something for everyone.
The 39 Steps, by Patrick Barlow, is a pastiche of the film by Alfred Hitchcok, which was based on the book by John Buchan. Set in the 1930s, when English men were real men and the women were glad of it, this is an award winning, adventure-thriller-comedy in which most of the actors take on several parts. Our dashing hero, RichardHannay, is accused of a murder he didn't commit, then has to avoid capture by the police and some very dangerous possible assassins in order to solve a mystery. He travels the length and breadth of Britain, meeting people from a wide variety of backgrounds (which gives the cast a chance to practice their accents) until the final showdown where the identity of the 39 steps is revealed and the mystery solved. The play is hilarious and enormous fun for both the audience and the cast (if rehearsals are anything to go by) with quick changes of costume, character, and, of course, props. We look forward to seeing you in November. Watch this space for cast list and rehearsal photos.