You could die laugh­ing

Bod­ies keep on pil­ing up

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS -

Mana Lit­tle Theatre’s pro­duc­tion of Sec­ondary Cause of Death is an en­ter­tain­ing spoof on the Agatha Christie genre of who­dun­nit dra­mas.

The com­edy/thriller, set in a coun­try house in Eng­land dur­ing early 1939, when the storm clouds of war are be­gin­ning to gather over Europe, is bound to amuse.

It is full of spies, dou­ble agents, at­tempted se­duc­tions and more than the oc­ca­sional mur­der.

The plot re­volves around Colonel Charles Craddock who, hav­ing in­her­ited Bagshot House, has con­verted the property into a ho­tel for the dis­cern­ing vis­i­tor.

To en­cour­age more guests he has in­vited Cyn­thia Maple, the sis­ter of crime writer Joan Maple, to stage a mur­der-mys­tery evening at the house.

His guests for this in­clude a strange Pol­ish count, a ti­tled lady and an army cap­tain.

When In­spec­tor Pratt ar­rives bear­ing grim news for Colonel Craddock, things start to go awry.

Then flam­boy­ant thes­pian Cardew Longfel­low ar­rives and it is not long be­fore Pratt’s visit turns an en­ter­tain­ing evening into a chaotic nightmare as the bod­ies pile higher than ever.

The play was writ­ten by Peter Gor­don and di­rected by Stephanie Drew. Sec­ondary Cause of Death, Mana Lit­tle Theatre, Plim­mer­ton, July 9 till 19.

Per­for­mances are from Wed­nes­days to Satur­days, 8pm, with a mati­nee on Sun­day, July 13, 3pm.

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