Serving up a meal to die for

ON Friday, June 24, 120 people enjoyed a meal and a murder at St George’s Church.

The St George’s Community Players did the acting in Joan Lee’s Corporate Punishment, while ladies from the church produced a four-course meal to die for.

After crudites, we were introduced to the cast, all members of the same company, who had come together for a bonding weekend at a country house hotel. Each revealed an avaricious, envious or lustful motive for the murder of Alison Green, the stubborn and ailing owner of the pottery company, played by Margaret Johnson.

The discovery of her murder and clues aplenty followed the blinis, with the colourful cast — not to say colour-coded in good Cluedo tradition — all protesting their innocence. The audience pondered about who dun it over a delicious main course, and then we cast our votes.

Was it Alison’s husband David (Jared Johnson), who longed to escape with his wife’s nurse Trish Cobalt (Heather Robinson)? Could it have been Pam Brown (Sue Elliott), who desperately needed money to keep her son at school? Or Mel Redford (Eileen Clark), about to lose the use of company kilns for her own work? Or had young lovers John Black (Tim Clark) and Sue Da Silva (Emma Banfield) conspired to cover up a theft from the company? Tina Goldman (Doris Graham) feared losing her bonuses, did she do it? Even Pippa Gray (Janet Reed), the owner of the hotel, got a few votes.

Confessions over a glorious choice of puddings revealed that, as so often, it was the husband wot dun it. Prizes for voting for him and a raffle closed this excellent evening in aid of church funds.

The play was produced by Pamela Cassells and the evening compered by Gillian Irvine. They and the cast gave us their best, as always.

The next production, Murdered To Death, from November 18 to 20, continues the theme.

Congratulations and thanks to them and to the most professional ‘dinner ladies’.

S.G and H.S