DIRECTOR Lynne Devenish is throwing political correctness out the window when she brings her baffling murder mystery spoof Prepare To Meet Thy Tomb to the stage at Guildford’s Garrick Theatre this month.
Devenish said the play followed Tomb With A View and Tiptoe Through the Tombstones to complete the trilogy of plays from Norman Robbins about the family that play together and slay together, the murderous Tombs.
“As night falls on Monument House Hotel and Alternative Health Spa, Hecuba Tomb and her niece Drusilla receive a series of unexpected visitors,” she said.
“Novelist Philippa and her assistant Daphne are seeking refuge from a mysterious follower they fear may be the notorious Norfolk Strangler.
“Hot on their heels comes flamboyant, openly gay TV presenter Quentin Danesworth and vacuous honeymooners Robert and Miranda.
“The uninvited guests are soon snooping around the secret passages of the creepy old mansion and asking too many questions for comfort.”
Devenish said the play featured over-the-top characters and shocking plot twists.
“No secret panel is unoccupied, no cup of tea untouched, and nobody is who they appear to be,” she said.
The play is set in the modern day with the characters appearing ostensibly normal whilst continuing to uphold the Tomb traditions of murdering by contract, or whim, whichever comes first.”
Retired Mt Helena acting duo Keith and Heather Abbott said the play was an irresistible combination of spoof and baffling murder mystery.
Heather will play Daphne Summers while Keith will play Sir Beverley Comstock.
Keith said his character was a brusque, aggressive businessman and a disgruntled client of the Tombs.
“I’m relishing the opportunity to be a nasty piece of work for a change as it is hard to be nice all the time,” he said.
Prepare to Meet Thy Tomb runs July 28 to August 13.
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