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The Watergate scandal in America resulted in President Richard Nixon’s resignation from office.

A couple of years after, a series of interviews with British journalist David Frost were broadcast to around 50 million people.

John-Paul is David Frost (Left) and Kevin Redfern is Richard Nixon (Right) who will be starring in CCADS's Frost and Nixon from March 1-3.

John-Paul is David Frost (Left) and Kevin Redfern is Richard Nixon (Right) who will be starring in CCADS's Frost and Nixon from March 1-3.

In 2006, the interviews were adapted for the stage by playwright Peter Morgan, becoming Frost/Nixon, and CCADS is putting on its own version of the production from March 1-3.

But far from staging it in a normal theatre, the group is performing it at the Action Stations Auditorium in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

Director John-Paul McCrohon says: ‘I was thinking where I wanted to put on the play, and I wanted to find a venue that illuminated the clash between them. As soon as I went in there I thought it was perfect. It almost felt like a television studio.

‘You’ll see the actors on the screen behind them, like you would in a TV interview. It’s really exciting.’

John-Paul decided that CCADS should put on the production after watching the original production.

He adds: ‘The play rattles along like a rollercoaster, it’s almost like a David and Goliath type story.

‘It’s great how the audience uncovers the story as they would have done when they first watched it.

‘I wanted to do my own production ever since I saw it.’

Tickets cost £8 to £10 from Southsea Box Office on (0845) 293 9350 or go to southseaboxoffice.co.uk.