Dead Man’s Hand

Date 18th November 2016
Society Allerton Players
Venue The Forum, Northallerton
Type of Production Play
Director Deborah Hugill

Report

Author: Peter Parlour

The Players did a first class job with this Agatha Christie – style  thriller, which featured a group of mismatched  actors rehearsing a  murder mystery play in a remote country house.
It’s not long before the murders  begin to happen for real and the tension builds up as they try to identify killer. Richard Henry played 'David/Derek' [the first name being his stage name in the play], very well indeed. His wife was played by Cherry Das who played 'Corrinne/Angela' was the first to go whilst in bed. Ewen McNulty played 'Brian/Martin' in a very strong role and was hardly off the stage. Kate Staines played his wife 'Jennifer/Kate' very well indeed. Then Jonny West appeared playing 'Franco /Frank', a rather rough looking character, in another strong portrayal and he went out to look for the intruder who was probably doing the murders, but failed to return and that left just the three. However Ewen went out to look  for him  and returned to say he was dead.. What looked like a ghost appeared  and it was Franco,  Then another character appeared, Katie  Bowie who played the stage manager,  Pamela. In the end they all appeared and it was just a story, which kept you all on your edge of your seats, and nobody got murderd in the end. The players produced an excellent set, as usual, and Deborah Hugill did a great job in directing the play before a large audience, very well done Allerton  Players.