Oct/Nov 1998

Murder In Play
by Simon Brett



Directed by
Karen Ashton and Judy Lee

The actors' timing was such
that no opportunity for a laugh
was missed
Braintree & Witham Times

Great Stuff Indeed
Essex Chronicle


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This play was tremendous fun to do. Boris Smolenski, the self obsessed Director of a tacky two-bit Whodunnit "Murder at Priorswell Manor" is trying desperately to prise a performance from his cast of utterly incompetent actors

Playing wooden and incompetent actors proved to be less of a challenge to some of us than others! The play centres on the backstabbing, self obsession and sexual politics which sometimes surrounds the lower echelons of the acting profession.


Here we see Renee, the "Star" of the show and a deeply unpleasant character blackmailing the bumbling Harrison, an accident prone old buffer, over his fondness for the bottle.

The usual arguments between old and young, male and female, rising and falling stars, are dramatically interrupted when Renee is poisoned in real life.



Cast

LADY DOROTHY CHOLMONDLEY:
MAJOR RODNEY PIRBRIGHT:
LADY VIRGINIA CHOLMONDLEY:
MRS PUTTOCK:
TRIGGS:
MR PAPADOPOULOS:
BORIS SMOLENSKY:
PAT:


      Marcia Baldry
      David Bone
      Fiona Hughes
      Madeline Harmer
      Esther Rowland
      David Faithfull
      Andy Jameson
      Rebecca Rowland