'The Game's Afoot'

by Ken Ludwig

28th - 30th November 2019

Synopsis

It is December 1936, and Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his leading role in the play Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast members to his Connecticut castle for a weekend of revelry. But when one of the guests is stabbed to death, the festivities in this isolated house of tricks and mirrors quickly turn dangerous.

It is then up to Gillette himself, as he assumes the persona of his beloved Holmes, to track down the killer before the next victim appears. The danger and hilarity are non-stop in this glittering whodunit set during the Christmas holidays.

The Game's Afoot

The Game's Afoot

The Game's Afoot

The Game's Afoot

The Play

The Play

"Do you remember the note?"

"Do you remember the note?"

"I'm a sorceress...poof"

"I'm a sorceress...poof"

The Seance

The Seance

"Un-expected, Un-fortunate"

"Un-expected, Un-fortunate"

"Of course I do, Watson"

"Of course I do, Watson"

"She must weigh 1000lbs"

"She must weigh 1000lbs"

"Look at me, I'm catatonic!"

"Look at me, I'm catatonic!"

"Now, let's review what we know"

"Now, let's review what we know"

"Be quiet, listen"

"Be quiet, listen"

"Aggie please, what?"

"Aggie please, what?"

Cast and Crew

Cast and Crew

Cast

William Gillette {Sherlock Holmes} (Matthew Deering); Felix Geisel {Moriarty} (Stephen Coles);  Madge Geisel {Marian} (Natalie Brown); Aggie Wheeler {Alice} (Rachel Belton); Simon Bright {Count Zerlinsky} (Simon Crutchley); Martha Gillette (Gill Lewisohn); Daria Chase (Vikie Meachin); Inspector Goring (Kit Muffett)

 

Director: Hannah Johnson

The adjudication for this show, as well as those for many others, is available in the members’ section of the site

This show was also our first performance with our new staging. Those of you who have been supporting us for a while will have seen the old staging, and some of you may even have helped with set building and know what a job it was!

Our new staging is a great improvement on the old blocks, having been specially designed for us by Stackastage, a wonderful local company from Weston, to fit the oddities of the Oldland hall. They make standard blocks that fit together and pack into storage racks, but they also designed bespoke blocks for us to cope with the corner platform.

Not only did they come out to look at the venue and build the large bridging staging, when they then came out to deliver, they showed us how to assemble it all. Here you can see how it all goes together, in about half the time of the old one. What a change!

"Do you remember the note?"

"Madge Geisel“ - Natalie Brown; “Felix Geisel“ - Stephen Coles; “Aggie Wheeler“ - Rachel Belton; “William Gillette” - Matthew Deering; "Simon Bright“ - Simon Crutchley & “Martha Gillette” - Gill Lewisohn in Ken Ludwig’s “The Game’s Afoot” in November 2019