Prepare to Meet Thy Tomb

Date 28th November 2015
Society Westovian Theatre Society
Venue Pier Pavilion South Shields
Type of Production Play
Director Denver Codling

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Author: Foster Johnson

The Westovians brought the curtain down on their 2015 season with a fine interpretation of the Norman Robbins Comedy Thriller “Prepare to Meet Thy Tomb”, the third in the trilogy of plays about the hapless Tomb family of professional assassins (or not-so-professional as the story unfolds). The action takes place at Monument House Hotel and Health Farm where a number of unexpected visitors descend on the owners Hecuba and Drusilla Tomb.

Each of them has his or her own secret to hide and agenda for being at the Hotel. Sure enough, they are soon sneaking around the old mansion with its secret passages and rooms and, as with all good comedy thrillers, mayhem erupts with unlikely liaisons which prove to be deadly for all parties, and a murder fest occurs.  One by one each of the characters succumbs to a hideous death until only one is left standing.

The Play has ten principal parts with each having to make their own individual mark on the story line. To get together ten actors to portray them and not have a weak link amongst them is a hard task. Couple that with having to also cast a number of them at a late stage due to unforeseen circumstances makes it harder.  Well the Westovians in their usual tradition did so.

Under the direction of Denver Codling whose mantra is to allow his casts freedom of expression , and a play that allows it, the cast of ten were energetic, driven and the acting from both the seasoned performers and the relative newcomers was good. As all of them made a telling contribution to the performance it would be ungracious to single out any individual for special mention.