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Farndale (1998)

The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate: Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society Murder Mystery is a play for four women and one man set in a drawing room. Every drama group has experienced the horrors of what can go wrong on the night and the ladies of F.A.H.E.T.G. Dramatic Society are no different, with the posible exception that almost everthing that could happens does.

The scenery collapses, cues are missed, lines forgotten, and the sound effects take on a strange note at times, as the ladies present their ambitious evening’s entertainment with the cunning whodunit. “Murder At Checkmate Manor”.

And just in case the audience should get bored there’s a Film and Fashion Show and a Murder Mystery Quiz complete with prize. The crunch comesin the denouement when the “murderer” about to be revealed has to rush home to bandage up an injured daughter. But Mrs Reece, doyenne of the group rises above the slings and arrows of outrageous dramatics to save the situation and provide the final inventive twist.