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.


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

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