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Sharon Bill Music Tutor & Author

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


'The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen's Guild Dramatic Society Murder Mystery' David McGillivray, played by Audley Theatre was the funniest play I've ever seen! As a member of the Women's Institute and also being involved behind the scenes in amateur dramatics I could appreciate this play on many levels - it was a little too close for comfort! I laughed like a drain all night long.

The premise of the play is that a Women's Guild puts on a murder mystery play and anything that can go wrong does go wrong. Although it is maybe predictable this in no way detracts from the hilarity of the mishaps that frequently occur. I was super impressed by the skill of the acting - it can't be easy to get your lines so seamlessly wrong! Malaprops don't just slip off the tongue and it must have taken some rehearsing. What absolutely finished me, so that I couldn't sit up for laughing, was the lady President's plastic smile as she tried to cover over all of the disasters - I've seen that in reality and it was hilarious!

You think you've seen it all but we ladies do like to fill our schedules so an educational culinary quiz, based on the plot (which included some helpful recipes) and then a fashion show of 'The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen's Guild, Past, Present and Future' was also spliced into the proceedings - well why not? To see a very dear friend of mine parading on stage in 80s Sports Spandex was a memory I'll treasure but even this was topped when she helpfully demonstrated that a garment modelled by a colleague in the show could cleverly and discreetly convert into a string shopping bad!

Words cannot express how funny this play is. If you ever get the chance to see it I recommend that you seize the opportunity. I enjoyed it so much that I dragged the rest of the family to come and see it with me again the next night.