Thriller in which all have a motive
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,