Murder Most Foul 2017
West Wycombe Village Hall
Masque Players presented a play within a play for their Spring Production. Anyone who has ever been involved with amateur dramatics will recognise the problems and pitfalls of staging a play, made especially more difficult when the playwright keeps adding ever more scenes and script changes three days before the curtain rises. Ably directed by Annie Hill there were some laugh out loud moments and slapstick instances that were appreciated by the audience. Stephen Rockell was the very vocal and rather frustrated director, assisted by his stage manager Andy superbly played by Justin Clinch. Justin is a master of comedy and made every funny line count and indeed the situations he found himself in were some of the most hilarious. Jane Sutton was impressive as Phyllis the rather dotty and interfering playwright who caused much hilarity and extreme provocation for the cast and director with her interventions. All the remaining cast played their parts well and the costumes and use (or misuse) of wigs are to be commended. Sound effects were well arranged and the thunder storm scene was especially successful. Judging by the comments from the audience it was an enjoyable experience for them.