Many a twist and turn in tale

Au­di­ence mem­ber, Doug Elkins, reviews the Amer­sham Play­go­ers The­atre Group’s pro­duc­tion of Mur­der by Mis­ad­ven­ture. The play was per­formed from Thurs­day Novem­ber 20 to Satur­day Novem­ber 22 in Drake Hall, Chiltern Av­enue in Amer­sham

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THE Play­go­ers never shy away from a chal­lenge, and this was a chal­leng­ing play, par­tic­u­larly so for two of the ac­tors, in this four-han­der, who were rel­a­tively in­ex­pe­ri­enced.

This was a mur­der mys­tery with many twists and turns, and for Ian Reed, Char­lotte Ward and Ian O’Reilly th­ese were not easy roles, but all had worked hard to de­velop their char­ac­ters, and were able to keep the au­di­ence guess­ing right up un­til the fi­nal mo­ments.

Den­nis Ruff’s many years of ex­pe­ri­ence on stage shone through in his role as the pseudo po­lice in­spec­tor, play­ing it like an English ‘Columbo’.

The mo­ment when the cham­pagne cork flew into the air and was neatly caught by Den­nis brought the house down – this was not some­thing that had pre­vi­ously been re­hearsed!

There was a good twist at the end of the play which took ev­ery­one by sur­prise and sent the au­di­ence home happy and in­trigued.

An ex­cel­lent set with proper work­ing pa­tio doors gave good support to the cast.

The Play­go­ers can mark this down as another suc­cess­ful pro­duc­tion.

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