Amateur Society’s performance praised

Pictured are, from left, Finlay McDonald, Alison McDonald, and Martin Gregory.
Pictured are, from left, Finlay McDonald, Alison McDonald, and Martin Gregory.

The cast and crew of Carmyllie Amateur Dramatic Society have been praised for their “hilarious” take on an Agatha Christie-style whodunnit.

The group have just finished three performance of ‘Inspector Drake and the Black Widow’ by David Tristram, produced by special arrangement with Samuel French Ltd.

Shows were held at Carmyllie Hall from June 16 to June 18.

Alan Christison went along to see the production on Friday, June 17, and offered up his critique of the show.

He said: “If you’ve never popped along to Carmyllie Hall to see a Carmyllie Amateur Dramatic Society (CADS) production then you are missing out on a fun evening in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

“The full capacity audience on Friday night were in for a treat.

“Inspector Drake and the Black Widow by David Tristram is an hilarious take on the Agatha Christie-style whodunnits, with a mix of farce and fourth wall breaking for good measure.

“Strange goings on in Devonshire Hall alert Sergeant Plod (Finlay McDonald) and Inspector Drake (Martin Gregory) to the scene of the crime.

“These two are a great foil for each other, playing it straight and thus highlighting the humour from the script and the wackiness of it all.

“Highlights were a 2D flashlight that became brighter with a stick on glow, and apparently escaping to another dimension through a sofa!

“Alison McDonald plays everyone else from an amorous Australian (or is it Kiwi?), a zoo keeper, the timid maid and the Black Widow herself to name but four!

“Particularly funny were the triplets (seen to be believed!)

“Director Laura Adam should be congratulated on running a tight ship and made great use of the limited space on the stage.

“Scott McDonald competently controlled the clever lighting and sound effects and an easy time was had by Hilary Tasker prompting.

“Front of house were CADS members and friends. I look forward very much to their next production.”

The society thanked all those who helped with the show, and audiences, following the end of the run of performances.

Posting on their Facebook page, they said: “Well that’s another show over. Thanks to everyone involved from front of house staff, backstage staff, CADS members and of course to our ever supportive audiences.

“We’ve had a blast with this one.”