Thespians do a graveyard shift

Whittingham Players, A Tomb with a View, at Whittingham Memorial Institute, Friday, March 23.

WHITTINGHAM Players’ latest performance, A Tomb with a View, was performed with gusto to a packed hall at Whittingham Memorial Institute.

It was another evening of laughs and silliness that we have come to expect from this fun-loving troupe.

A Tomb with a View, by Norman Robbins, is a comedy in which Agatha Christie meets the Addams Family.

With its twisting plot and surprise conclusion, it is full of clichés associated with both genres – a remote manor house, fog, power cuts, a mad family, the reading of a will and murders galore – shootings, stabbings, poisonings and a beheading!

And all done in the worst possible taste and played for laughs – of which there were plenty.

It was the most ambitious production by the re-formed (2007) Players with a cast of 10.

There was a crowded set, many props and sound effects, so there was as much action off-stage as on it. The cast had great fun and clearly enjoyed themselves.

Some great ad-libs and impromptu lines added to the enjoyment of the evening and the audience was with the cast for every line.

There was just the one performance to show for all the hard work of learning lines, building sets, sourcing costumes etc, but it was worth it.

Both cast and audience clearly enjoyed themselves.

This was amateur dramatics at its most local – people you know entertaining you and responding to your support and encouragement.

It was a great village event. Here’s to next year.