Dial M for Murgatroyd, mirth, mysteries and .... marrows!
A curious succession of murdered butlers at the Fitzall family estate starts a succession of curious events which can only be solved by the amateur detective Ms Murgatroyd.
So ensues a tale of song, slapstick and silliness, with a suitably cryptic and chaotic ending.
Harries plays four roles himself, including the marvellously eccentric and politically incorrect Clive Fitzall and the not so supersleuth Inspector Jessop.
The second half interrogations are particularly amusing, as the talented stars rapidly change between the interviewee and the interviewer
Patrick Marlowe, for example, doubles as both Murgatroyd and Scottish rubber baron Sir Gerald Bartrum; the two characters converse by the swift addition/ deletion of a wig and a jacket several times.
There’s some disgracefully delicious innuendo - marrows which are ‘ long but not particularly well presented’ stuck in my mind, for some reason.
Strong and well- run stage direction mean that a small set changes from a mansion to a village store to a country horticultural show in seconds.
There’s a little reference to Peterborough, and some great audience interaction. It’s not every day you see Peterborough’s mayor getting poked like a fireplace...
I am still smiling at little scenes and lines now, and suspect I will feel that way for some time. I hope that other Peterborough stage fans support this performance, because I guarantee they will have that same feeling.
Dial Mfor Murgatroyd is at the Key until February 2 – info at www. vivacity- peterborough.