Mouse­trap tack­les murder most foul

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in an English manor dur­ing a bad snow­storm, the char­ac­ters of the Agatha Christie mys­tery The Mouse­trap are all sus­pects of a sav­age murder. The hosts – a cu­ri­ous spin­ster, an ar­chi­tect, a young lady from abroad, a re­tired army ma­jor and an un­ex­pected guest – turn de­tec­tive in The Mouse­trap, to be staged at Bal­lina Play­ers from to­mor­row night. News comes through of the murder in Lon­don, and a po­lice­man ar­rives, sus­pect­ing a link with the manor. The guests must find out who the killer is or risk be­com­ing the next vic­tim. Di­rected by Allen En­new, the show is part of the of­fi­cial 60th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions of the play, which has been run­ning con­tin­u­ously in Lon­don since 1952. En­new says he was ex­cited to bring the ‘‘longestrun­ning show of any kind in the world’’ to the Play­ers The­atre. ‘‘Bal­lina Play­ers is de­lighted to be in­cluded in its lim­ited am­a­teur re­lease,’’ says En­new. ‘‘This the­atri­cal phe­nom­e­non still en­snares its au­di­ences as it leads them past red her­rings into the mys­tery of two mur­ders and a num­ber of char­ac­ters of du­bi­ous backgrounds. Lo­cal am­a­teur sleuths can join the hun­dreds of thou­sands who have at­tempted to solve the mys­tery.’’ The Bal­lina Play­ers’ ver­sion stars new­comer Emily Wailes and War­wick Bin­ney as hosts Mol­lie and Giles Ral­ston.

opens at Play­ers The­atre, Bal­lina, to­mor­row and plays Thursdays to Satur­days at 8pm and Sun­days at 2pm un­til Septem­ber 29. Call (02) 6686 2440 to book.

War­wick Bin­ney and Emily Wailes as hosts Giles and Mol­lie Ral­ston in Bal­lina Play­ers’

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