Script, cast come to­gether for hi­lar­i­ous en­ter­tain­ment

Matamata Chronicle - - Out&about - TERESA HATTAN

Mur­der, may­hem, dead bod­ies and creepy sound ef­fects.

That’s what we were promised and that’s cer­tainly what was de­liv­ered.

Mata­mata Dra­matic So­ci­ety’s latest of­fer­ing of Wanted One Body had all the fea­tures of a far­ci­cal mys­tery chiller. With­out giv­ing too much away, the play writ­ten by Charles Dyer fea­tures nu­mer­ous dead bod­ies, chuck­les for the au­di­ence and to top it all off, sub­urb lo­cal tal­ent.

I have al­ways loved lo­cal theatre be­cause of this.

The mix­ture of the ex­pe­ri­enced and the novice on stage at the Lit­tle Theatre was mag­i­cal to see.

Ni­cola Parkes and Derek Farrelly, in their de­but per­for­mances, held their own.

Iconic stager Irena Lead­beater man­aged two parts and found her­self front and cen­tre for most of the per­for­mance as ei­ther Faith or Hope Bar­r­a­clough.

Greg Dunn and Tal­bert de Jong, in only his sec­ond full-length play, played the part of so­lic­i­tors Blun­dell and Mick­leby su­perbly.

A high­light for me was Ma­bel Middy the maid, played by the tal­ented Eileen Weal.

Her per­fect tim­ing, char­ac­ter­i­sa­tion and witty one lin­ers kept the au­di­ence laugh­ing through­out.

My ad­vice is don’t miss out – you re­aly are in for a treat.

– The sea­son of Wanted One Body con­tin­ues tonight, through to Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 17 from 8pm at the Mata­mata Lit­tle Theatre on Short St.

Tick­ets, at $20, are avail­able from the RV Room on Arawa St.

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