Tomb With A View

Date 13th October 2012
Society Thurrock Courts Players
Venue Thameside Theatre, Grays
Type of Production Play
Director Martyn Williams

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Author: Tessa Davies

The best thing about any Murder Mystery is to keep the audience guessing until the very end and this play does just that. The script is well crafted and the company made the most of it.

All the cast were good and portrayed their characters well, however I would mention Jill Snelling (Emily Tomb) for just the right amount of menace and unpleasantness. Dave Carey for a strong and sustained performance as Perry Potter and Karen Reeves for making Monica a real sex bomb (just as well she wasn’t wearing a mic pack!).

The pace was a little slow in places but it was essential for us, the audience, to understand the nuances of the family, which meant some rather laboured dialogue in the first half. Of course, that is down to the author and the cast moved it along as best they could.

The standing set was beautiful and the costumes perfect for the play. Despite not using mics, we heard every word of the dialogue; such is the excellent acoustics of the venue and the ability of the cast.

I was kept guessing, about the identity of the murderer, throughout the play and even when there were only two characters left I still got it wrong! My companion was correct from the start but she has a knack of spotting the murderer in any Murder Mystery play. I should listen to her more often!

I am so glad to see the Thurrock Courts Players perform to large audiences, all of whom were very appreciative of the production. Another good show, thank you.