Dead and Breakfast

Date 16th October 2014
Society Westovian Theatre Society
Venue Pier Pavillion, South Shields
Type of Production Play
Director Rachael Walsh


Author: Foster Johnson

Junior Section:
British Comedy Farces!  You either love them or hate them. Done badly they seem to go on forever, but done with flair and imagination they can have you leaving the theatre feeling all is well with the world.

So it was with Dead and Breakfast.  Under the imaginative direction of Rachael Walsh, this new play devised and written by her, (what a talent and what a future!) was a terrific night’s entertainment. From curtain up it was rip-roaring fun which had the cast from the experienced to newcomer giving their all much to the delight of an appreciative audience.

The Play centres around a remote B&B in the English countryside where a murder has occurred.  It contains all the usual suspects, and it falls to a hapless Detective Inspector “Pleasman” and his bumbling sidekick Sergeant “Sargent” to solve the mystery of “who dunnit”.

As usual there are plenty of twists and turns in the plot, and I am not revealing who the culprit is as it will spoil the entertainment which is an ideal vehicle for Societies with Junior Sections to perform.

In cast of 15 where everyone contributed to the fast-paced action and excellent comic delivery, it is not easy to single out any individual performance, as to do so would be unfair on the others in the cast, as they all interacted so well.

Suffice to say there was not a bad one and the acting was of the highest calibre. Well done to you all and the production team and back stage staff.  It was obvious that all the sleepless nights, discussions, characterisation workshops, and improvisation sessions paid off