Who­dun­nit kept au­di­ence en­thralled

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Waipuku­rau Lit­tle Theatre

The Death of Me A mur­der mys­tery by Chris­tine Fos­ter Di­rected by Rob Blamires Run­ning un­til Satur­day, Novem­ber 3 Re­view by Mary Kip­pen­berger

Lights dim. Disem­bod­ied voice mono­tones its way through evac­u­a­tion pro­ce­dures. Di­rec­tional ad­vice, toi­lets and car parks across the road; I’ve drifted slightly, I know what to do in the un­likely event of an emer­gency.

Some­thing catches my at­ten­tion and brings me back, some­thing about cell­phones but did they just sug­gest that the bak­ing will be won­der­ful and cer­tainly won’t kill me, no fish in­volved. What?

Wendy Wal­drom as Shelly and Owen Pot­ter as Paul are first to ap­pear. The lighting is moody, the sound eerie. Shelly and Paul seem as puz­zled as I am by the whistling wind whirling around the liv­ing room they find them­selves in. Clever di­rec­tion has my at­ten­tion, great comedic tim­ing has me laugh­ing and a snappy script has me en­gaged from the first minute. With the first of many sur­prises laid at our feet it is time for Suzanne Earn­shaw-McLaren’s char­ac­ter Meg to en­ter the scene of the crime.

This is Suzanne’s first Lit­tle Theatre pro­duc­tion and I think she may have found her su­per power. What a nat­u­ral. Next off the rank is stal­wart Lind­say Bishop as Gordie, play­ing anx­ious foil to Lucy Mavin’s ethe­real and muesli Joanne. Lucy’s char­ac­ter flit­ted her way hap­pily around the tight four. A joy to watch.

I can’t tell you about the play be­cause that would spoil all the sur­prises. I can tell you there was laughter and the oohs and ahhs that only an in­vested au­di­ence can bring.

I can tell you that the script is clever and well writ­ten, the lighting per­fect, as is the set, the cho­co­late balls at in­ter­val de­li­cious. I can tell you that the di­rec­tor, cast and crew have put in many, many hours to bring us a who­dun­nit with twists and turns aplenty, a show that had me sit­ting on the edge on my seat by night’s end.

The Lit­tle Theatre is one of the many hearts that makes up our Cen­tral Hawke’s Bay Com­mu­nity. I trod these boards years ago and there have been changes, but one thing re­mains the same. The peo­ple.

Bravo Waipuku­rau Lit­tle Theatre for all that you do. One last thing. Some­thing hap­pens at the end, a par­tic­u­lar some­thing that I can’t talk about it but I loved it so when you see it, please stop me in the street and tell me how it was done.

PHOTO/ MADELEINE HOWARD

The cast of The Death of Me, on at the Waipuku­rau Lit­tle Theatre.

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