GUILTY OR NOT?: Actors rehearse their parts for Little Theatre’s 12 Angry Men.
GUILTY OR NOT?: Actors rehearse their parts for Little Theatre’s 12 Angry Men. Contributed

Classic jury drama by Reginald Rose comes to the stage

IT'S the first time in the 70-year history of Rockhampton's Little Theatre that multimedia has been used as part of a production.

12 Angry Men, which centres on an 18-year-old ethnic man accused of murdering his father - is the latest offering from the community theatre.

Set in the 1950s, 12 men in the jury have to make a decision. Is he guilty? If they decide he is, he will die in the electric chair.

The play was written by Reginald Rose after serving on a jury.

It was then adapted to film in 1957 (starring Henry Fonda) - which was rated No.7 on Internet Movie Data Base's all-time great movies.

The play has been performed over the years and in many countries - and now it will be staged at the Walter Reid Cultural Centre in Rockhampton.

Rockhampton Little Theatre director Alan Cirson says they borrowed aspects of the 1957 film adaptation to incorporate into their version of the stage production.

The opening scene was filmed at the old Supreme Court in Rockhampton recently and will be shown to the audience at the beginning of the play when it hits the stage later this weekend.

Mr Cirson said it was important that the audience saw the faces of the jury at the beginning of the play.

"The advantage of film over theatre is you can get in close and you can see the performers' responses to words and you can decide quite quickly what their mood is," he said.

12 ANGRY MEN

WHERE: Walter Reid Cultural Centre

WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, and July 25 and 26



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