Theatre Trip: The 39 Steps by Patrick Barlow

By Dave Edwards

Theatre Trip - The 39 Steps by Patrick Barlow - Outside Oldbury REP - 1
Angela, Jackie, Percy, Andy, and Dave

On the 15th July, the Oldbury Writing Group attended Patrick Barlow’s production of the classic thriller The 39 Steps at the Oldbury Rep Theatre.

It was a refreshingly original take on a hugely popular spy story: a rip-roaring mixture of Alfred Hitchcock and John Buchan with liberal doses of Spike Milliganesque slapstick thrown in for good measure.

Theatre Trip - The 39 Steps by Patrick Barlow - Outside Oldbury REP - 2
Nicole, Angela, Jackie, Dave, Percy

The performance was impeccable, aesthetically perfect and technically brilliant, with cast and crew giving one hundred per cent.

Patrick Barlow’s adaptation is witty, jaw-droppingly clever and ground-breakingly durable.

The curtains opened and closed to a packed and appreciative audience.

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