Players caught up in murder mystery

Morpeth St George's Community Players
Morpeth St George's Community Players
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MURDER is in mind for a Morpeth theatre group’s spring production.

St George’s Community Players tread the boards next week with Dead Man’s Hand by Seymour Matthews.

The thriller, which runs for three nights from Thursday to Saturday in St George’s Church Hall, will be directed by David Swinton.

The plot sees a couple arrive at an Italian villa. He is a far-from-successful TV executive and she is a very unhappy wife. As they begin to settle in, a second couple arrive – a corrupt planning officer and his wife. Both seem to have been offered the use of the villa by its mysterious owner Mr Konakis, who they have never met.

An estate agent arrives asking to use the phone as he has punctured two tyres. He was expecting to meet Konakis. When he tries to use the phone he finds that the cable has been ripped from the wall and on the doorstep is a dead fox with a note ‘Confess your sins and you will be saved’.

As this is discussed, the wife of the first couple is found dead. The morning brings the realisation that the husband is also dead.

If this sounds similar to an Agatha Christie plot, fear not, for there is an unexpected twist.

The tension rises as the cast try to unmask the murderer. Guilty secrets are uncovered and suspects identified. When at last the murderer is revealed, all becomes clear.

Tickets cost £6, £5 concession, and are available from Morpeth Chantry Tourist Information Centre on 01670 623455.