The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen's Guild Dramatic Society MURDER MYSTERY

Date 5th August 2017
Society Richmond Amateur Dramatic Society
Venue Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond
Type of Production Play
Director Gary Winn
Choreographer Pamela Walker

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Author: Peter Parlour

The laughter  began before theplay had begun, and continued  practically with every line. This was a superb production. With the five members of the cast all excellently played, indeed all were outstanding (how they remembered their lines I wouldn't know) all the credit for that must go to Gary Winn. 

The cast had several parts to play, in varying different costumes. When anyone got murdered, problems inevitably reared its head as they tried to  get them off stage, resulting in often the victim having to get up and walk of the stage - much to the merriment of the audience.

The characters were:  Mrs Reece, played by Suzy Brown,she was playing Clarrissa Rook, Lady Bishop's sister, Regine,/ the Fench Maid,/ Patricia Bishop, Lady Bishop's neice. / Letitia Bishop,her sister./ Mr Goodbody ,a solicitor. Suzy was hardly off the stage, excellent.

Thelma  played by Julie Winn playing  Daphne Bishop, Lady Bishop's daughter./ Rose Bishop, her spinster Aunt.  Julie had to go from one glamorous tennis  player to an aged Aunt , Excellently played.   

Felicity excellently played by Alex Caffery, playing  Pawn, a butler, Colonel King, Lady Bishop's, brother in law. There were times when she had to exit the stage re-entering as the Colonel, that left those on the set to do a little ad libbing, very funny indeed. 

Audrey played by Barbara Hughes, playing the Lady  Doreen Bishop, a widow /:Violet Bishop,her spinster Aunt:/ Mrs King ,the Colonel's wife:/ Joan Bishop, Lady Bishop's cousin.

Playing the Inspector O'Reilly was Jordan Leighton. He gave a vey powerful performance indeed, showing his dancing skills with Daphne, and trying to sort out (often unsuccessfully) the various murders. We had tennis balls all over the stage, a collapsing small table and before the play even started, a stage a panel fall down thus exposing the Inspecror pulling up his trousers, and the resulting situation of the panel replaced upside down, which turned out to be the fireplace.

Even the programme mirrored the mayhem on stage as it captivated the story of the FAHETGDS, very cleverly presented by Michael Walker.

The society should be justifiably very proud of themselves in producing a very difficult play to present and to give such an outstanding evenings entertainment. Very well done indeed  Richmond.