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The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society Murder Mystery

The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society Murder Mystery
Written by David McGillivray and Walter Zerlin Jnr.
Directed by Philip Vander Gucht
4 – 9 March 1991

Every drama group has experienced the horrors of what can go wrong on opening night, and the ladies of the F.A.H.E.T.G. Dramatic Society are no different, with the possible exception that almost everything that could happen does! The scenery collapses, cues are missed, lines forgotten, and the sound effects take on a strange note at times, as the ladies present their ambitious evening’s entertainment with the cunning whodunit, “Murder At Checkmate Manor.” And just in case the audience should get bored, there’s a Film and Fashion Show and Murder Mystery Quiz, complete with a Prize! The crunch comes in the denouement when the “murderer”, about to be revealed, has to rush home to bandage up an injured daughter. But Mrs. Reece, doyenne of the group, rises above the slings and arrows of outrageous dramatics to save the situation and provide the final inventive twist.

Cast

Mrs Reece – Jeannie Poole
Thelma – Christine Angell
Audrey – Pauline Ellard
Felicity – Janet Pearce
Sylvia – Ann Uther
Gordon – Brian Roberts

Crew

Stage Managers and Set Design – Tony and Elsie Bate
Set built by – Cast and Tony, Elsie, Polly and Dave
Assistant Stage Manager – Clive Spinks
Lighting – Peter Price, Margaret Williams
Properties – Hilary Medhurst, Polly Owen, Barbara and Jenny Brookes
Sound Engineer – Mike Rand
Wardrobe – Marjorie Sawyer
Photography – John Midlane