Mortimer Dramatic Society
Stiffed at the Speakeasy, 18th to 19th January and 25th to 26th January, 19:45
An interactive Murder Mystery. During our three course Italian dinner a cast of characters will reveal enough evidence to enable you to, hopefully, deduce ‘Whodunit’. The action is set in a 1920’s New York speakeasy and is a ‘Gangsters and Molls’ night. You are encouraged to come dressed appropriately. Al Scapone, the Godfather of the infamous Scapone family and master criminal, lies dead gunned down in his own club! If word of this hit gets out and the whole balance of power in the city could be thrown into chaos. Al’s murder needs to be resolved – and fast – to restore the credibility of the family. The question is: can the killer be found, or some scapegoat framed, before the end of the night? Tickets are £25 and include a fabulous three course meal.
St John's Hall, 22 West End Road, Mortimer Common, RG7 3TF.
Book online via the website or call Tom on 0778 533 3321.
Review of Anybody For Murder?
19th to 20th October and 26th to 27th October 2018
Review from Newbury Theatre.
Brian Clemens and Dennis Spencer’s comedy Anybody For Murder? is based on the unlikely premise that two middle-class English couples would happily commit murder if a lot of money was involved. But let us suspend our disbelief and go along with it.
Max and his wife Janet have a house on a small Greek island, which has a daily ferry to the mainland. Suzy is Max’s girlfriend or, as Janet thinks, ex. Max is planning to kill Janet, collect the insurance money and shack up with Suzy. He adds a sleeping drug to Janet’s cornflakes and carts her off to the bedroom, to be disposed of later. Mary and George arrive with news of an inheritance from a distant relative of Mary and Janet, and Suzy finds herself pretending to be Janet. Edgar, the neighbour, is writing novels about murder, mistaken identity abounds, and at the end of scene 2 my notes say “gets complicated” just before my head exploded.
Despite all this, it is actually very funny, with elements of farce (the clue is in the number of doors: the set has four and in my book anything above three is a good indicator of farce).
Darren Reed as Max has the difficult job of holding it all together which he does brilliantly, working his way around all the obstacles that appear. Kim Antell does well as Suzy pretending to be Janet, and Sam Foad is good as the bemused and over-ouzoed neighbour. Helen Sharpe is very impressive as Janet – even though she does spend most of the play unconscious.
That leaves George and Mary. George (Tom Shorrock) is a pompous but unsuccessful lawyer, thoroughly henpecked by his gorgon of a wife (a top class performance from Mary Auckland). A lot of the comedy came from this couple with some lovely facial expressions from Mary, and George bumbling his way along as the plot thickened.
This was a really impressive production with some excellent acting and good pace from a well-matched cast, directed by Paula Stenson and Phil Collins. The set was well-constructed and suitable for a holiday home. I liked the occasional blackouts followed by tableaux, overcoming the problem of how to move an unconscious or dead body around the set.
In summary, didn’t like the play, loved the production.
Anybody For Murder?, 19th to 20th October and 26th to 27th October 2018
Gaslight, 1st to 2nd June and 8th to 9th June 2018. See the review in the archive.
The Flint Street Nativity, 19th to 20th January and 26th to 27th January 2018
Keeping Down With the Joneses, 20th to 21st October and 27th to 28th October 2017. See the review in the archive.
Night Must Fall, 26th to 27th May and 2nd to 3rd June 2017. See the review in the archive.
Up Pompeii, 20th to 21st January and 27th to 28th January 2017
The Small Hours, 21st to 22nd October and 28th to 29th October 2016. See the review in the archive.
Death By Design, 27th to 28th May and 3rd to 4th June 2016
'Allo 'Allo, 22nd to 30th January 2016
Beyond a Joke, 23rd to 24th October and 30th to 31st October 2015. See the review in the archive.
Kindertransport, 29th to 30th May and 5th to 6th June 2015
Deathtrap, 17th to 18th October and 24th to 25th October 2014. See the review in the archive.
Third Week in August, 30th to 31st May and 6th to 7th June 2014. See the review in the archive.
Murder Mystery Dinner Evening, 17th to 18th January and 24th to 25th January 2014
Kindly Keep It Covered, 18th to 26th October 2013. See the review in the archive.
Calendar Girls, 31st May to 1st June and 7th to 8th June 2013
Entertaining Angels, 19th to 20th October and 26th to 27th October 2012
Natural Causes, 21st to 22nd and 28th to 29th October 2011.
See the review in the Archive.
Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, 27th to 28th May and 3rd to 4th June 2011
The Amorous Ambassador, 22nd to 23rd and 29th to 30th October 2010. See the review in the Archive.
The Day After The Fair, 28th to 29th May and 4th to 5th June 2010
Another Opening, Another Show, 15th to 16th, 20th and 22nd to 23rd January 2010
Dead Man’s Hand, 29th to 30th May and 5th to 6th June 2009. See the review in the Archive.
The Cemetery Club, 24th to 25th October and 31st October to 1st November 2008
Hobson’s Choice, 30th to 31st May and 6th to 7th June 2008
A Murder Has Been Arranged, 25th to 26th May and 1st to 2nd June 2007. See the review in the Archive.
A Breath of Spring, 2nd to 3rd and 9th to 10th June 2006
Curtains, 21st, 22nd, 28th and 29th October 2005. See the review in the Archive.
The Real Inspector Hound and Black Comedy, 29th to 30th April and 6th to 7th May 2005
The Shakespeare Revue, 21st, 22nd, 28th and 29th January 2005
The Deep Blue Sea, 22nd, 23rd, 29th and 30th October 2004. See the reviews in the Archive.
Comic Potential, 30th April, 1st, 7th and 8th May 2004. See the reviews in the Archive.
Take Away The Lady, 24th, 25th and 31st October and 1st November 2003.
Local Affairs, 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th May 2003. See the review in the Archive.
Quartet, 18th, 19th, 25th, 26th October 2002. See the review in the Archive.
The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen's Guild Dramatic Society's Production Of Macbeth, 10th, 11th, 17th and 18th May 2002. See the review in the Archive.
Abigail's Party, 18th, 19th, 25th and 26th January 2002. See the review in the Archive.
Educating Rita, 19th, 20th, 26th, 27th October 2001. See the review in the Archive.
Spring and Port Wine, 4th, 5th, 11th and 12th May 2001. See the review in the Archive.