poster

Murder In Company

cast

Alison Roberts------------------ Liz
Andy Bownass---------------------Alan
Keith Cummings-------------------------- Ted Smith
Richard Holliss------------------- Philip
Mark Simons--------------------- Steve
Christine Holliss--------------- Phoebe
Louise Bloor-------------- Sue
Elaine Elliott---------------------- Annie

Produced and Director
Michael Philips

Technical Director
Dave Mason

Prompt ...................... Jill Atkins

Acknowledgements
Art work.........Daid Millard
Press Officer------------------Matt Mitchell
Programme------------- Terry Perkins

 

Review by Louise Sassoon ( Harlow Star )

Dysfunctional thesps keep them guessing

Creating a whodunit murder mystery which actually pulls audiences to the edges of their seats is quite a feat but, to judge by this production,it's certainly not an impossible one.
Philip King and John Boland's play is a snappy production which quickly has theatregoers guessing at the identity of the femme fatal - or indeed, the homme fatal - in an amusing yet cleverly assembled play - within - a - play.
Produced and directed By Michael Phillips, the play is set in a church hall used as a rehearsal space by a dysfunctional amatuer dramatics group.
The well - observed characters soon air their dirty washing as thespians Liz ( Alison Roberts) and Alan ( Andy Bownass ) are seen in each others arms by nosey church-hall caretaker Ted Smith ( Keith Cummings ).
Liz, who is married to play producer Phillip ( Richard Holliss ), is then blackmailed about the encounter by Smith who has a dark past known by fellow amdram member Phoebe ( Christine Holliss).
As the group tries to rehearse its latest production which is - you guessed it ! - a murder mystery whodunit, in-fighting, a prowler and a mysterious death are all thrown into the mix which finally ends up with the various characters all pointing the finger of accusation at each other with the most unlikely results.
Foe sheer presence and credibility, Hollis was the clear stand-out performer, particularly when his character wa accused of being the prowler and the scene in which he told his wife he was innocent struck a note of pure truth.
The twists and turns are truly gripping and each member of the eight-strong cast brought their own magic to the proceedings, this is amatuer dramatics at its best.