Whodunnit kept audience enthralled
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.
The cast of The Death of Me, on at the Waipukurau Little Theatre.