Pack of Lies
Hugh Whitemore
Director - Doreen Jackson

Performed at
The Guildhall Arts Centre, Grantham

14 - 17 May 2003

 

Cast


Bob Jackson
Barbara Jackson
Julie Jackson
Helen Kroger
Peter Kroger
Stewart
Thelma
Sally

 

 


Alan Wartnaby
Isobel Simpson
Hannah Coleman
Tania Lambley
Martin Olley
David Pimm
Lauren Round
Kerry Lowe 

Based on a true story, the plot centres on Bob and Barbara Jackson (in real life Bill and Ruth Search) and their teenage daughter Julie (in real life Gay Search, later a television reporter and newspaper journalist in the UK.) The Jacksons are friendly with their neighbours, Peter and Helen Kroger, until the couple is arrested and charged with espionage in 1961. It is revealed the Krogers actually are Morris and Lona Cohen, who during the 1950s and 60s worked with fellow spy Gordon Lonsdale photographing and encoding as microdots various pieces of material which they then sent to their colleagues in Russia, as part of a Soviet espionage network known as the Portland Spy Ring that had penetrated Britain's Royal Navy.

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