New College Play: The Real Inspector Hound - a real success!
The recent New College play was a hit with audiences. The Real Inspector Hound by Tom Stoppard was an amusing, funny and entertaining ‘murder mystery’. In excess of 600 people attended the play over three successive nights (May 12-14, 2005). For an amateur production it was a remarkably professional show from the quality of the stage and production design, through to the set, props, costumes, make up, lighting and acting.
The play is a comedic spoof of the genre and opens as two critics look out at the play audience waiting for the show to begin. Birdboot, despite his marriage and impeccable morals, is more concerned with seeing the aspiring actresses off the stage and onto his bed, while his counterpart Moon is plagued by an almost violent neuroticism about his professional status.
To see photos please visit: 2005 Play Photos.
The play consisted of two acts - Act 1 set in the drawing room of Muldoon Manor, then a 15 minute interval where the audience mixed and mingled over drinks and nibbles in the dining room. Act 2 is also set in the Muldoon Manor drawing room a half hour later.
In the play a very funny take off of Agatha Christie's "Country Manor" murder mysteries unfolded. A mysterious stranger, Simon Gascoyne, is found about the manor, its residents and guests are cut off from the world. A murderer is on the loose in the vicinity of the manor, the police are conducting a search, and fog is rolling in off the moors. A series of intriguing twists draws the audience deeper into the play’s plot.
The story takes an ironic twist when the critics find themselves involved in the drama taking place on stage. In true Christie style by the time we reach the production’s climax we suspect everyone of doing the deed, only to have the murder’s identity revealed and find out there is even more to them than just being the villain!
Birdboot - Tom Pryor
Moon - Jeremy Provan
Lady Cynthia Muldoon - Laura Morrison
Felicity Cunningham - Carolyn Macleod
Major Magnus Muldoon - Alistair Macleod
Simon Gascoyne - Andrew Szwec
Inspector Hound - Matt Hamlyn
Mrs Drudge - Fiona Goggins
The production was directed by Amy Morrison and Melanie Noble and produced by Sam Wills and Sophie Arnold. A competent production crew assisted the directors and producers with the play.