Saddleworth Players

A madcap mystery

Hi, I’m Verity Mann and I’m directing Saddleworth Players’ first production of the Season, "Out of Sight, Out of Murder" by Fred Carmichael. We’ve been rehearsing for a couple of weeks now and have had a blast.

At this stage it is all about getting to grips with the characters and relationships and this play is a gift. With the exception of two, the writer and the housekeeper, all the characters are stock characters from Agatha Christie-esque murder mysteries and they come complete with idiosyncrasies, back stories and whole heaps of attitude. We have the mad character lady, the diligent butler, the miserable maid, the Other Woman and the hearty juvenile to name but a few. In fact, surveying the tray loads of coffee cups last night, I noted that we have a pretty large cast, all working hard to bring this crazy story to life.

It’s a massive team effort of course, and Keith Begley and his team of set builders are well ahead of us. We’re so lucky to be able to work on stage from the off-set, but even luckier to have a working staircase, and solid walls so we can work in the space without second guessing where the exits are. By the time the finishing touches are done and it’s been painted, we’re going to feel very much at home. Of course in this home, things really do go bump in the night, so Andrew Mann has been gathering sound effects together and Bob Critchley has begun the lighting design. Add in props and costumes and we’ll be ready to bring this madcap mystery play to life.

"Out of Sight, Out of Murder" will be performed by the Saddleworth Players at the Millgate Arts Centre, Delph, from 29 September–6 October. Tickets £9 (£5 students) from our online booking office.

Verity Mann, Sep 4, 2018