Saddleworth Players

Moments from Montreux

I am Margaret Thompson and I am playing Miss Fiona Babcock in ‘Out of Sight, Out of Murder’. My character is described as a feisty Agatha Christie type spinster. In other words 'the old character lady'.

When I was asked to play the part of Fiona, I was given a bit of a reality check - me? - playing the old character lady! It only seems like yesterday when I was playing a page boy and Magpie in ‘The Thwarting of Baron Bollingrew’ - my first appearance with Saddleworth Players! It was actually 31 years ago!

Returning to the name Fiona. For some strange reason, the playwright, Fred Charmichael, finds the name very amusing - so if you happen to be called Fiona, please accept my apologies - don't be offended as this play is meant to be a bit of light-hearted fun.

As I write this, whilst sitting on my balcony in a rather grand looking hotel with chandeliers dripping from the ceilings, the rippling blue Lake Geneva lies ahead of me. I feel sure that both Fiona Babcock and Agatha Christie would approve of the location!

Throughout the play, Fiona is required to knit. This brings back more vivid memories for me. A good friend persuaded me to knit endless numbers of squares to keep me calm when I was expecting my daughter! Not sure whether it really worked! I have been reminded of how difficult it is to knit and speak at the same time.

I am looking forward to reuniting with Verity and the fantastic cast on my return from beautiful Switzerland. I shall also try to look forward to picking up the knitting - although I am not quite sure what it is I am actually creating! Come and see it for yourself at the show!

‘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.

Margaret Thompson, Sep 6, 2018