It’s a family affair

“I am very excited, but really nervous,” explained Ian McCullagh when asked how he felt about acting on stage with his son James for the first time. They are taking part in the Algarveans’ latest production Deadly Nightcap, written by the master of whodunits, Francis Durbridge.

Ian, a regular performer with the Algarveans, said that when he moved to the Algarve a number of years ago little did he think James would follow him to live and work, let alone appear on stage.

“I haven’t done AmDram for years, since I was a teenager really, when I was involved with youth productions of Pride and Prejudice, Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe and some other shows,” added James. “Then the opportunity came to be in Deadly Nightcap with my dad and I thought ‘why not?’”

Both Ian and James have key roles in the play and have been rehearsing together for a number of weeks. Ian plays the part of sinister businessman Jack Radford and James plays the crime-solving maverick police officer Cliff Jordan.

“Both Ian and James are going to be really good in this show,” said show director David Butler-Cole. “They have both worked incredibly hard at learning the lines and their splendid characterisations are really authentic. Deadly Nightcap is a classic murder mystery play and has more twists and turns than the road to Fóia!”

The show is being performed at the Lagoa Auditorium from June 17 to 19, at 8pm.

Tickets are available through [email protected], with the telephone box office opening soon.

Photo: Ian and James McCullagh