Troupe to spoof genre with play

Rehearsals of Death by Fatal Murder.
Rehearsals of Death by Fatal Murder.

A long-established amateur dramatic group near Sleaford is set to take to the stage with its latest production - a comedy murder mystery.

Metheringham Amateur Dramatics presents Death By Fatal Murder at Metheringham Village Hall this Friday and Saturday, July 17 and 18, and next Friday and Saturday, July 24 and 25. Performances start at 7.30pm.

Rehearsals from Death by Fatal Murder.

Rehearsals from Death by Fatal Murder.

Written by Peter Gordon and directed by Sally Wilson, it is the third in the so-called ‘Inspector Pratt’ trilogy of spoofs of the Agatha Christie whodunnit genre.

It sees Pratt returning to Bagshot House, a location where his record of crime detection is not enviable. In his two previous visits the body count mounted disastrously as he looked on, helpless and hopeless. Now he’s back and, as usual, chaos reigns supreme.

During the course of his latest investigations, Pratt meets the new owner of the house, Nancy Allwright. Soon he is embroiled in more mystery, aided and abetted by Miss Maple and Constable Thomkins.

Upper-crust Ginny and Italian gigolo Enzo help with enquiries but danger soon looms with an unexpected arrival and a frightening suggestion by Welsh busybody and clairvoyant Blodwyn Morgan.

Rehearsals from Death by Fatal Murder.

Rehearsals from Death by Fatal Murder.

Tickets are priced at £10, which includes a drink and a programme, and are available from Salon 32, High Street, Metheringham.