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The Perplexing Puzzle of the Pedigree Pet and the Policeman by Terry Victor


Chapter, Cardiff Tues 26 April 2011, 8pm – £4 on the door

The Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea Wed 27 April 2011, 7:30pm – £4

The Riverfront, Newport Thur 28 April 2011, 7:45pm – £4


Joan H Watson SRN – Mrs Liz Gardiner

Ms Shirley Holmes – Miss Rebecca Knowles

Joan H Watson – Miss Rhian Cheyne

Miss Mary Morstan – Miss Natalie Paisey

Jake Jejune – Mr Aled Herbert


Terry Victor



“The Perplexing Puzzle of the Pedigree Pet and the Policeman”

The latest play-reading in the On The Edge season at Chapter was a rare foray into comedy – Terry Victor’s “The Perplexing Puzzle of the Pedigree Pet and the Policeman”, first produced in 1981, in which supercilious detective Shirley Holmes and her hapless assistant Joan Watson investigate a particularly icky murder. The author also directed, cleverly making a comic virtue of the script-in-hand aesthetic, and the performers Rebecca Knowles (Holmes), Rhian Cheyne (Watson), Liz Gardner (the older Watson, narrator and MC), Natalie Paisey (damsel in distress) and Aled Herbert (stagehand and chief suspect) were obviously enjoying themselves. The play would certainly have benefited from having some of the references updated (the SPG, Sham ’69, etc), and the integration between the old-school and modern elements of the narrative (e.g. the urban riot) seemed a little awkward to me. On the whole, though, jolly fun.


Seven Jewish Children by Caryl Churchill (In association with Notional Theatre)


Chapter, Cardiff, Tues 17 March 2009,

Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Welsh Assembly, Cardiff



Jennifer Shakesby

Julie Barclay

Richard Tunley

Sara Beer

Michael Kelligan

Jessica Sandry

Gareth Wyn Griffiths

Tony Leader

Alice James

Lisa Zahra

Bethan Morgan

Steve Purbrick

Phil Read

Matthew Bulgo

Terry Victor



Terry Victor

No Offence by Terry Victor


Chapter, Cardiff, Tues 10 Dec 2008, 8pm, £3 on the door


Viv – Julie Barclay

William – Josh McCord

Eve – Laura Dalgleish

Jon – Dan McLoud

Stage Directions read by Liz Gardiner


Terry Victor


“No Offence”

The most recent “On The Edge” reading I attended, at Chapter, Cardiff was of “No Offence”, by veteran actor and author Terry Victor, who also directed. Described as a “comedy of terrors”, it depicts a small theatre company (“Fire On Stage!”) staging a provocative performance piece on the subject of censorship, which is eventually disrupted by agents of the repressive state. Very elegantly written, it ably satirises the self-importance of the artist, and skewers past injustices, such as the hounding of Lenny Bruce (although, as I understand it, he was to a large extent the author of his own misfortune, and had, perhaps, a simplistic take on the power of language) and Mary Whitehouse’s attack on “The Romans in Britain” (whose director, Michael Bogdanov was in the audience). An intentionally unfunny, self-righteous stand-up comedy segment in the middle seemed a bit of a dead weight, however; and the play lapsed into melodrama at the end, which tended to undermine the measured nature of the debate it aimed to inspire. An excellent cast though – Julie Barclay, Joshua McCord, Laura Dalgleish, Dan McCloud, Liz Gardiner – and the piece certainly provoked thought, even if only about our own boundaries, censorship being something to which everyone objects, until the point at which we don’t. Perhaps this kind of internal conflict, rather than clenched-fist confrontation with religious-political authoritarianism, might make a good subject for a more nuanced kind of drama.