All Saints', Wrington
|The annual parish supper held at All Saints'-tide in the Memorial Hall was marked by a significant change of format.
This year, instead of starting with the meal followed by entertainment, the proceedings opened with a presentation of a murder mystery, Murder at the Manor, a whodunnit by Chris McDermott.
Producer Echo Irving introduced the cast of characters, and explained what part the audience played in all this.
| Pat Milne Sue Hill Veronica Thorn Noel Hector
C.I. Caroline Shepherd Bryony Hetherington-Smyth Lady Cynthia H-S Sir Marcus H-S
| Simon Medd David Walker
Sir Nigel H-S Butler Arnold Rowbottom
|Her ladyship can't help overhearing the telephone conversation which sparks off the murder plot ...|
|... equally, Sir Marcus can't help being extremely unpleasant to the butler ...|
|... and testy with her ladyship as she explains how her preparations for his birthday party are going.|
|Bryony involves her mother and true father in her plans for keeping her tryst with her boyfriend secret from Sir Marcus ...|
|... and then the arrival on the scene of Chief Inspector Shepherd ...
... means she's on the spot to begin sleuthing after Sir Marcus's demise.
|The chief inspector having promised to unmask the villain after a decent interval ...
... food is served, thus making it a very decent interval indeed ...
|... and having gone through the tortuous unravellings appropriate to the situation, the dastardly criminal is revealed ...|
|... the producer acknowledges the excellent support provided by Julie Kingcott's set and Miche Dunstone's sound effects ...|
|... and everyone leaves, grateful for the sterling work put in by Jenny Tarr and her social committee to make the whole evening a resounding success.|