Three nights, five suspects a whole lot of drama! Woodcote Amateur Dramatic Society performed their production of Valentine’s Day Murder, written by former WADS member Karen Ince who now resides in Kent, at the village hall in May.
Set in Chicago, at a speakeasy club known as Jackie D’s, one of the gang member’s meets a sticky end and it was the audience’s job to figure out whodunit. It wasn’t your average murder mystery – as it centred around mobster boss and club owner Abe, portrayed by Terry Sopp and the club staff – club hostess Cecile played by Kathy Laughton, club singer Betsy played by Heather Simpson (complete with excellent singing), city hall official James played by Patrick Thomas and young mobster Eddie played by Andrew Henderson.
The cast worked hard on their Chicago accents and to throw suspicion onto one another, feed information to the audience as witnesses and what’s more – they were amazing at doing it, leaving us guessing right until the very end!
A first for WADS, producers Terry Sopp and Marcia Spiers successfully staged an in-the-round production where no acting was missed, no shifty look went un-observed and the neat sections of acting hooked in the audience.
With a traditional Ploughman’s supper, singing waiters and marvellous jazz music from pianist Carol Wylie, a brilliant time was had by all who came to see it and for everyone involved it was certainly worth all the effort.
The drama group is actively seeking new members. No acting ability or experience needed. We would welcome anyone with a can do attitude and an interest in theatre (acting, production, music), technical activities (set build, lights, sound) or creative arts (e.g. set design/costumes). Please go our website www.woodcotedrama.co.uk to find out more and to contact us.