The Play That Goes Wrong

16 Jun

The Comley Polytechnic Am Dram group ‘attempt’ to stage the acclaimed murder mystery, the leaders directorial debut (pronounced day-boo) “The Murder At Haversham Manor” set in the 1920’s. They are excited to bring this to the stage as  their limited cast and tight budgets have somewhat hampered their past productions of James And The Peach, Snow White and a few Tall Broad Fellows, and Cat.  However not everything goes to script!

The fun starts before the start, as the auditorium is filling the stage hands are asking if anyone has seen a dog, a springer spaniel with brown ears called Winston. On stage there is a door that won’t stay closed, every time someone closes, slams it, pushes and holds it closed, it slowly opens, of course at the start of the first act it sticks resolutely shut. The mantle shelf keeps falling down and an audience member is enlisted to hold it while a stagehand gets enthusiastic with sticky tape.

From beginning to end there are numerous mishaps of physical, verbal, set and props. But stoically the play must go on. The split second timing of stunts and interaction is incredible. The whole audience were in fits and waves of laughter throughout, I am sure we drowned out the Take That gig at the football stadium. The dexterity of positioning, the glamorous fiancé of the murdered Lord, the flamboyant over acting of the lord’s Brother in Law, the faithful butler who had the difficult words written on his hand or cuff which he mispronounced (morose, as mo-rose, cyanide as Ki-an-idd, philanthropist as Philand-rope etc). The slap stick antics of trying to move the corpse onto the stretcher, or when trying haul the unconscious fiancé through the window makes you wonder why they are not covered to bruises or marks because dumbies are not used in place. 

Valiantly battling on as the stage collapses around them, we reach the denouement, the Police Inspector did it.

This absolutely is the most hilarious entertainment I’ve ever seen. I’d go again, tonight, to see it and strongly recommend you do too. To this, or any other Mischief Comedy productions, Peter Pan Goes Wrong and The Bank Robbery That Goes Wrong.  But take hankies, or a hand towel, you will be crying with laughter!


Posted by on June 16, 2017 in Life, Review


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4 responses to “The Play That Goes Wrong

  1. Bushka

    June 16, 2017 at 7:11 pm

    Wow! Sounds superb entertainment. Delightful! Hugs!

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  2. menhir1

    June 16, 2017 at 8:29 pm

    Envy, envy…those productions won’t be coming up our way anytime soon, if ever.

    I adore your descriptions of the mispronunciations. ‘Philanthropist’ reminded me of the constant verbal misrepresentation of ‘Penelope’. Why doesn’t anyone tell you that things are not said the way they are spelt !!! After all, Misanthrope and Antelope aren’t given an extra syllable.

    🙂 xxx

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    • AnneMarie

      June 16, 2017 at 10:13 pm

      There was one section where a stagehand standing in for an actor, reading from the script kept referring to Cecil, but pronouncing the c as a k, until the actor snapped and shouted “It’s Cecil, s e s I l!” Lol


  3. Me

    June 18, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    Sounds very English to me.

    Liked by 1 person


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