Barrow Voice      First Publised 1975

            Issue 158 Winter 2019

3,234 copies published quarterly and delivered FREE to all households in Barrow upon Soar

Review: The Final Act

If it wasn’t the butler, and it wasn’t Colonel Mustard in the boardroom with a lead pipe, then who did murder the philandering and unsavoury artistic director of the Shadow Drama Players Theatre Company, Gresham Laud?

Identifying the murderer – and the motive - was the task of the audience in the sold-out BUSCA/Barrow Panto Group Murder Mystery evening at Humphrey Perkins one evening in October. The table I was on was so far from solving the murder that we could have been on the moon, but we didn’t mind. We had a thoroughly enjoyable evening.
After buying our drinks from the bar, we were invited to join the ‘Shadow Players’ after show party’, and were introduced to the disgruntled cast as they bitched and moaned about their director and the maintenance man noisily went about his business “tidying up”. During the evening Inspector Foot of the Yard asked for our help to solve the murder and we discussed this amongst ourselves as we tucked into the meal that was included in the ticket price.
Could it have been the lush and, increasingly drunk, Alphonse who may (or may not) have had a ‘thing’ for Gresham, the murdered director; who may or (may not) have been offered a job in radio; and who may (or may not) have embezzled company funds? Or maybe it was a joint murder by costume mistress Betty, her actor-daughter, Suzy (whom, we discovered, was Gresham’s unacknowledged lovechild and whom he was wanting to lure into ‘adult’ films) and Suzy’s boyfriend and fellow-actor, the jealous Dominic who wanted a role in a soap. Then there was aging actor, Gloria, who had a past but not much of a future and, it appeared, had known Gresham ‘well’.
After food, drink, a lot of laughs and chances to question the actors, one table managed to come up with the right answer. The murderer was, in fact, Fred, the maintenance man.
The cast kept in character throughout, worked very hard and it was clear that they too, were having fun. I haven’t been to one of these evenings before, but I definitely want to go next year. It’s a good, different, evening out with friends and a chance to meet new people. Well done to the cast: Andy Northcote-Smith, Jackie Johnstone, Luke Menzel, Craig Johnstone, Ginny Willcocks, John Bean, Natalie Downs, Steve Crossley; not forgetting Helen Sadler, the director and Alan Willcocks, Tom Smith and Ron Laver who did the ‘techy stuff’ and all the unsung heroes who manned the bar and prepared and served the food.

Karisa Krcmar


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