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The Killer Question

Date

5th March 2019

Society

Tettenhall Amateur Players

Venue

Perton Golf Club Perton Wolverhampton

Type of Production

Play

Director

John Frost

Report

Author: Jean Beard

A new play by author David Payne held the full house audience spellbound from the first word uttered and never stopped until the last word.

Two of the characters in the play were rarely off the stage during the whole of the evening. A mammoth task requiring utmost concentration and they were word perfect and never required a prompt. Bob Burrows and Jo Timms played husband and wife Walter and Margaret Crump and they certainly deserved the well earned applause they received. The only other character was Stuart Messinger in the role of the Detective Inspector Joseph Black. The play centred around a married couple and the husband’s obsession with murder but did this lead to his own murder?  A  TV quiz show called “The Chair”. was also an obsession and Walter knew every aspect of the show and was determined to win it whatever the cost to his wife. He even had a “chair” and rehearsed the quiz day after day with his long suffering wife acting as the Quizmaster. The couple interacted with each other and the play was not without its lighter side and there were aspects of real comedy. The suspense building with Detective Inspector Joseph Black’s interrogation of Margaret for Bob’s murder. He was convinced that she was guilty and it is an open and shut case, but he just has to prove it. Can he? I wouldn’t dream of giving you the answer and would suggest that if possible and you are interested in drama that this is a play for your list of “must see”.   

The suspense never stopped until the final words and the applause that greeted the small cast. First class acting from the 3 actors, together with an excellent set and props, this was an evening of drama at its very best.