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The Maltese Falcon

May 2019

The University of Kent Players presented a live recording of The Maltese Falcon, a staged radio play performed outside in the Eliot Cloisters, Canterbury.


In this noir classic, detective Sam Spade gets more than he bargained for when he takes a case brought to him by a beautiful but secretive woman. As soon as Miss Wonderly shows up, trouble follows… Entangled in a dangerous web of crime and intrigue, Sam realizes he must find the one thing they all seem to want: the bejewelled Maltese falcon.

Cast of Characters

Sam Spade


Effie Ferine 


Brigid Wonderly /


Miles Archer /     

Joel Cairo / DA /

Captain Jacoby

(Man 2)

Kaspar Gutman / 

Lieutenant Dundy

Detective Tom     

Polhaus / Wilmer


Robin Rose Breetveld


Jess Hudson 


Katie Blythe


Zarina Hawkins

James Manning


MJ Royer

Director/ Host 

Assistant Director / Announcer




Front of House     

Vicky Gatward-Warner 

Kayleigh Flaxman

Sophie Taylor                     

Kevin White   


Jonathan Thirlwell    

This was the first time that the University of Kent Players staged a production outdoors and as matinees. The plan was for people to bring picnics and blankets/chairs to enjoy these outdoor performances. Unfortunately, the British weather conspired against us and so the first of the performances was staged indoors at very short notice in a venue that the cast and crew had not worked in before. But that didn't stop everyone having an enjoyable time.

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