You could die laughing
Bodies keep on piling up
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.