Theatre Club’s New Play Opens Tonight

It’s opening night of the St Mary’s Theatre Club summer play, Murder in Company.

But tonight’s performance will be a sad occasion for members of the club. Long-time member Shirley Smith passed away last week.

Producer and Director, Kevin Lehman says Shirley will be in the cast’s thoughts tonight. He said Shirley was going to be their prompt for the play and she’ll be sadly missed.

The audience will be asked to make donations for programmes this evening and Kevin says it’s likely the money will go to the Royal British Legion, one of Shirley’s favourite causes.

Kevin says the new show is a black comedy, murder mystery about a company of actors who put on a drama production. It is set in the 1970s and Kevin says that created some challenges for the actors.

He said some of the words and phrases are fairly old-fashioned but they’ve tried to keep it as close to the original as possible.

And this year they’ve tried a different way of staging the show and he hopes the audience will appreciate the approach. Kevin said he doesn’t want to give too much away, but he says they’ve moved away from the more traditional way of staging, with a different type of set and a few ‘surprises’ during the performance.

The Club has been highly successful in winning Cornwall Drama Awards over the years but Kevin says that’s a bonus and their focus is on entertaining the audience.

Kevin says the eight performers represent a wide cross section of islanders from a school leaver, Stephen Thomas, through to Club stalwart, Mary Dean, who’s been in over 20 plays.