A murderer was bought to justice on Saturday 24th September 2016 at a local garden centre following some keen detective work by the audience at a performance by The Market Weighton Community Players.
Local garden centre, Langlands of Shiptonthorpe asked The Players to act out a murder mystery play while guests were served a three course dinner. The Players were pleased to have the opportunity to act in a new medium and possibly play to a new audience as well as existing friends.
Resplendent in Victorian costume, the actors were gathered at a family dinner at “Withering Heights” in the Yorkshire Moors but the family atmosphere soon evaporated when Detective McClue (Peter Thorp) announced that their hostess, The Dowager Lady Withering was dead having been found murdered in her bedroom!
The dialogue soon revealed a family in strife with more than one skeleton being uncovered. As the plot developed and in between each course Maggie the Maid (Helen Lawley), who was the narrator, invited dinner guests to open a secret clue.
At the end of the wonderful Langlands dinner and following a succinct summing up by Detective McClue, guests were invited to identify the culprit and win a splendid Langlands hamper!
Clearly the audience enjoyed the experience and the evening was considered a great success for both Langlands and The Players.
The photographs show the cast at the point of denouement:
From Left to Right:
Detective McClue (Peter Thorp)
Lady Caroline Mouton (Noreen Thorp)
Sir Clifforde Heath-Clifforde (Nigel Botting)
Miss Emily (Georgina Cullen)
Lord Selby Withering (David Charlton)
Miss Jayne Eyrie (Cheryl Cutsforth)
Reverend Adam Brethren (Andrew Frankland-Barber) .
Also playing: Maggie the Maid (Helen Lawley)
Director: Carol Drinkwater
Producer: Peter Warner