The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen's Guild Dramatic Society Murder Mystery

Thursday, 16 May 2013 - 7:30pm
Friday, 17 May 2013 - 7:30pm
Saturday, 18 May 2013 - 7:30pm
David McGillivray and Walter Zerlin Jnr
Hilary Strickett
Hornby Institute, Main Street, Hornby

The four ladies of The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen's Guild Dramatic Society (F.A.H.E.T.G.D.S.) are a force to be reckoned with. The sheer scale of their ambition in mounting "Murder at Checkmate Manor", is only matched by their overwhelming confidence in their abilities to master all fourteen parts.

Even though Gordon, their stage manager, nobly steps into the breach at the last minute, their production is blighted by a series of disasters. The curse of AmDram strikes…. The scenery falls down, sound effects add a strange note, cues are missed and those quick changes are just too slow. Through this adversity the ladies soldier on, determined to provide a good evening out for their audience (which also includes a Film and Fashion Show and Murder Mystery Quiz - complete with prize), but reveal more about the relationships between themselves than the plot.

The play is set in the drawing room of Checkmate Manor. The family gathers for the reading of the will of the late Sir Reginald Bishop. However, someone else has designs on the Checkmate millions, and will stop at nothing to get them. A string of grisly murders ensues, where everyone has a motive and everyone is a suspect in a classic whodunit farce. The crunch comes in the final denouement when the murderer is about to be revealed luckily Mrs Reece, doyenne of the group, can be relied on to save the day with a final twist to the plot.

David McGillivray and Walter Zerlin Jr. have written 10 Farndale plays starting in 1976 with the ladies' version of "Macbeth" for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. This murder mystery is the third of the F.A.H.E.T.G. series and premiered in 1980 and the Farndale ladies are known and loved worldwide and for three nights Hornby Drama Group become the FAHETG Dramatic Society!