Newport Playgoers Society are inviting their audience to dress up like a character from the Cluedo game when their presentation of Clue which plays at Newport’s Dolman Theatre on Thursday 15th September at 7.15pm.
“We thought this would be a great way to include the audience in the fun of this comedy, knockabout crime caper,” says Director Lynn Phillips whose previous directing credits for the society include Neville’s Island, The 39 Steps and Jekyll and Hyde.
“Everyone has their favourite character in the game and we would love to see some fantastic costumes in the audience on Thursday night. There will be a prize for the best costume and an opportunity for a photograph with the cast.”
Clue! Onstage by Sandy Rustin, based on the works by Jonathan Lynn, Hunter Foster and Eric Price is an adaptation of the popular board game Cluedo. All the rooms, people and weapons from the game are in the play, but who commits the murder in Boddy Manor?
The characters of Clue include Miss Scarlett, a classy broad who runs a not-so-classy bawdy house, Professor Plum, a louche educator of dodgy reputation, Colonel Mustard, a confused army top-brass that has tarnished somewhat, Mrs Peacock, a batty wife of a Senator who may or may not be on the take, Mr Green, who works in politics, is crooked and afraid of his own shadow and Mrs White, whose five husbands have all died unexpectedly. Along the way, a poor motorist, cop and singing telegram girl arrive and quickly depart.
The whole scenario is led by British butler Wadsworth, played by NPS’s new President, James Reynolds. Wadsworth tries to be in charge, but events often spiral out of control! He is not-so-ably assisted by Yvette, the feisty French maid and the Cook, who has charge of some large, sharp knives and an axe to grind!
Hannah Minton who plays Yvette says, “I have the best costume and a fantastic character to play.” Hannah is no stranger to crime scenes as she explains, “I work as a lecturer in Crime Scene Investigation and Forensic Science at the University of South Wales, so I teach students how to assess crime scenes and I have set up many an investigation and a few murders!”
Other members of the Clue! cast include Emma McCarthy, Nathan Hodge, Darian Thomas, Rachel Dalton, Moira Mainwaring, Chris Cox, Keith Poultney, Stuart Fouweather, Dylan Secker, Holly Dawes and Linda Cleak.
- Clue! Opens a brand new series of productions from Newport Playgoers Society at the Dolman Theatre, Newport from Wednesday September 14 – 17. Tickets are available from www.dolmantheatre.co.uk