Mousetrap tackles murder most foul
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’