Graffham Rustics return hot on the heels of spring success


THE curtain goes up tonight (Thursday,November 20) at The Empire Hall in Graffham for the latest offering from the Graffham Rustics Amateur Dramatic Society otherwise known as the GRADS.

The group is on a high after the huge success of The Ladykillers in May and taking further inspiration from the best of British film catalogue the new production is The 39 Steps.

Based on Alfred Hitchcock’s 1935 movie of the famous John Buchan novel the stage version is a mix of a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel and a dash of Monty Python.

In The 39 Steps, a man with a boring life meets a woman with a thick accent who says she’s a spy. When he takes her home, she is murdered. Soon, a mysterious organiation called The 39 Steps is hot on the man’s trail in a nationwide manhunt that climaxes in a death-defying finale. This blissfully funny show follows the incredible adventures of our handsome hero Richard Hannay, complete with stiff-upper-lip, British gung-ho and pencil moustache as he encounters dastardly murders, double-crossing secret agents, and, of course, beautiful women.

Performances at The Empire hall, Graffham open tonight Thursday November 20 and continue on 21, 22. Curtain goes up at 7.30 pm. All tickets at £9 are available from Bay Tree Bakery, Golden Square Petworth, The Village Shop in Graffham, online at and by phone on 01798 344227