Thriller in which all have a mo­tive

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web is wo­ven in Tu­gun Theatre Com­pany’s thrilling new show, Shock. The mur­der mys­tery, writ­ten by Brian Cle­mens and di­rected by Mar­garet Rad­cliffe, fol­lows jet­set­ting flight at­ten­dant Mag­gie, who lives in an iso­lated cot­tage. Her lat­est boyfriend, pi­lot Terry, her neigh­bours and friends have been in­vited to the cot­tage for a party to cel­e­brate Mag­gie’s birth­day. Amid in­fi­delity spec­u­la­tions, for­bid­den trysts, ex­pected pro­pos­als and hid­den se­crets, the body count is mount­ing and ev­ery­one has a mo­tive. Di­rec­tor Rad­cliffe says Mag­gie liked ‘‘col­lect­ing other peo­ple’s lovers’’. ‘‘She is a naughty girl and liked to record the ‘ses­sions’,’’ she says. ‘‘As ev­ery­one ar­rives for the party, Mag­gie is nowhere to be seen, so we learn a lot about her habits and there’s lots of mys­tery as to where she is. ‘‘Then all may­hem breaks loose.’’ The show stars Rianna Hart­ney- Smith, Jay­den Krebs, Veron­ica Porter, Gra­ham Scott, Dar­ren Camp­bell, Peter Bar­rett, and Tu­gun Theatre first-timer Shelly Jacks. ‘‘I had a lot of trou­ble cast­ing be­cause we don’t get too many au­di­tions for ama­teur theatre,’’ she says. ‘‘The play re­quired two young cou­ples but I had to mod­ify it a bit.’’ Rad­cliffe has di­rected ‘‘lots of come­dies’’ but says she wanted to try some­thing dif­fer­ent with Shock. ‘‘I read the script about three years ago and it re­ally gripped me,’’ she says. ‘‘There are so many twists and turns and you don’t know who the cul­prit is ’til the last line.’’

opens at Tu­gun Vil­lage Com­mu­nity Cen­tre tonight, play­ing Thurs­days and Fri­days 7.30pm, and Satur­days 2pm and 7.30pm un­til May 26.

A scene from Tu­gun’s new play,

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