How well do you really know your neighbours?

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Brackley Players’ latest production marks a change of direction for the amateur dramatic group.

Pack Of Lies is a powerful domestic drama based on a true story, known as the ‘Portland spy case’, that took place in 1960/61.

It tells how a perfectly ordinary, innocent family become involved in a case of international espionage, just by being neighbours.

The plot centres on Bob and Barbara Jackson and their teenage daughter Julie.

The Jacksons are close friends with their neighbours across the street, Peter and Helen Kroger, whom they regard as a friendly Canadian couple.

But everything changes when MI5 arrive to place the Krogers under surveillance, from the Jacksons’ home.

As the months pass, the Jacksons’ peaceful world is shattered as the truth about their friends is revealed and they understand the betrayal at the heart of their relationship.

The original West End production, starring Judi Dench and Michael Williams as the Jacksons, ran for nearly a year at the Lyric Theatre and Judi Dench won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress for her performance.

Performances are at 7.30pm on Thursday and Friday, November 1 and 2, and at 2.30pm on Saturday, November 3, at Southfield School, on Banbury Road, Brackley

Tickets £7 (£6 concessions) from – Davies and Partners estate agents on Brackley’s Market Place.

Seating is cabaret style around tables, and you are welcome to bring your own drinks and cold nibbles.