Your article: Audiences entertained by murder mystery play

Cast under interrogation.
Cast under interrogation.

Audiences in Market Weighton were treated to some quality entertainment when drama group The Market Weighton Community Players performed ‘Agatha Crusty and the Village Hall Murders’.

The play, written by Derek Webb, is a murder mystery in which a series of murders take place amongst members of the village hall committee in a quiet rural village.

A totally incompetent and pompous Detective Inspector Twigg arrives to solve the crimes assisted by village Bobby PC Lockett. Fortunately, crime fiction writer and old adversary Agatha Crusty happens to be visiting and eventually identifies the murderer.

The result is an amusing and entertaining play with the surprising culprit revealed only in the last scene. Penned by well known playwright Derek Webb, the script is well put together with many clever and ingenious wordplays which greatly added to the comedic content.

Director Helen Lawley chose her cast well and characters had been well understood and developed by the amateur actors. Even though it was evident that some members of the cast found the script demanding in some areas, they had the resourcefulness and discipline to persevere, resulting in an excellent production which obviously pleased and entertained the audience.

The venue at the Market Weighton Social Club is convenient and comfortable. It presents features which the Players exploited to good effect, bringing the action right amongst the audience which, of course is always most enjoyable. This audience participation was further enhanced by a ‘Whodunnit’ competition to identify the murderer before the reveal on stage.

The Market Weighton Community Players aim to bring the performing arts into their community. They achieve this in many ways including their open door policy to membership and lack of experience is no barrier to selection for stage parts. The Players also make their mark in their community by taking any surplus funds from each production and donating them to local groups. Indeed, £120 from the proceeds of a raffle held during one performance of Agatha Crusty and the Village Hall Murders was donated to the Children in Need appeal.

The Players are launching a youth theatre initiative to involve young people from the area in performance and workshops especially written and designed for them. Earlier this year, The Market Weighton Community Players had great success and acclaim with their performance of Dad’s Army. Following local demand, especially from those who could not get tickets, the show is being repeated on 3, 4 and 5 March 2016, again at The Market Weighton Social Club.

Pictures courtesy of John Moulder.