Production 152 Curtain up on Murder

Curtain up on MurderBy Bettine Walters

Performed on Thu 23rd to Sat 25th April 1998 at The Kilshawe Theatre

 

 

 

 

The Cast

The Cast

Linda Eileen Fitzsimmons
Sandra Charlotte Skinner
Ginny Mary Swift
Harry Peter Ryder
Alex Andrew Slade
Sylvia Josephine Carnell
Martin Christopher Sewell
Moppet Stephanie Thomson

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Curtain Up on Murder

Pier Setting for a Murder Mystery

A murder mystery opens in Deal next week when The Guild Players present a drama set on Deal Pier. Bettine Walters, who lives in West Lea, Deal, has written and directed the production, which opens on Thursday, April 23rd for a three night run at The Kilshawe Theatre in St. George’s Hall. Curtain Up On Murder is being produced by Christine Eyden, the players chairman, and the cast has a newcomer, Mary Swift, making her debut. Others taking to the stage include Josephine Carnell, Elaine Fitzsimmons, Peter Ryder, Christopher Sewell, Charlotte Skinner, Andrew Slade and Stephanie Walmsley.

More Twists than a Stick of Barley Sugar

Bettine Walters’ thriller has more twists and turns than a stick of barley sugar and almost as many corpses as Hamlet. By the end of Act 2, there was much animated conversation in the audience as to whodunit or indeed, whether there would be anyone left who could have done it! I should be very surprised if many of them got it right! It is a time-honoured tradition that anyone who sees The Mousetrap must not reveal the ending and one that really should also apply to this skilfully written piece of suspense. The performances were all of the standard one has come to expect from The Guild Players, assisted by the clear characterisations written into the play. Moments of high drama abounded but were nicely balanced by plenty of humour and sharp observation of the quirks of human nature. The director and performers did not miss an opportunity to get the audience gasping or laughing. Heroically coping with the demands of death by poison on stage (Stephanie Thompson), being bound hand and foot and at the mercy of a smoke machine (Andrew Slade), a convincing piece of hysteria (Mary Swift) and even appearing soaked to the skin in the interests of the plot (Christopher Sewell), the actors were an excellent team which also included Elaine Fitzsimmons, Charlotte Skinner, Peter Ryder and Josephine Carnell. The Guild makes their usual invitation to new members to join them in their programme. Anyone taking it up should be in for quite a challenge and a lot of fun!

Liz Turner

Production Team

Production Team

Director Christine Eyden
Producer Bettine Walters
Stage Manager Prue Jamieson
Stage Crew Louise Greenhead & Jeremy Swallow
Set Builder Tony Harveson
Lighting Nick Tigwell
Lighting Assistant Hannah Tigwell
Props John Gregory
Prompt Lei Cobb
Front of House Charles Bailey, Alan Crocker, Pam Rawcliffe & Brenda Smith
Bar Sonya Thomson & Coralie Kavanagh
Buffet Sue Watson
Raffle Gill Watson
Publicity Gill Watson & Paul Rutterford
Box Office Pam Jones
Programme Design & Sound Christopher Sewell