REVIEW: Prescription for Murder at Louth Riverhead Theatre

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IN contrast to his comical pantomimes such as Snow White, Sleeping Beauty andHansel and Gretel’, Norman Robbins’ murder mystery is gripping from start to end, leading the audience to crazy conclusions until a dramatic twist in the final scene.

Prescription for Murder tells the tale of a group of ‘friends’ in a quiet little village in Devon, who get wrapped up in a classic ‘who dunnit?’ mystery.

The tabs opened to reveal a fantastic closed set by Brian Gutterson and his team, with Wendy Smith (properties) completing the set with every detail of a typical modern home.

No stranger to the stage, Linda Goodman-Powell, who played the lovely Mary Haigh, gave an excellent performance and really added to the play. Clearly much work had gone into her characterisation, portraying her character flawlessly. Another familiar face to grace the Playgoers stage was Liz Gardner-Clarke, who played Julia Moore, Dr. Richard Forth’s saucy ‘bit on the side’. With elegant costumes and her flirtatious ways, Julia Moore makes many of the other characters feel uneasy about her, until her tragic death in act 2. Liz played her part well with very convincing advances upon the doctor, adding yet more layers to the complicated plot. Then there was the mysterious, Eric Dawson, played by Any De Renzi, who certainly added a few twists to the tale with his stories of an elusive ex-fiancé and murder accusations.

I had mixed views on the play before I saw Di Flower’s interpretation of a Prescription for Murder due to many bad reviews of previous productions of the thriller by other amateur dramatic companies.

However, this is production is most definitely a must see! Can you solve the murders before the final curtain? Prescription for Murder is on at Louth Playgoers Riverhead Theatre until Saturday October 15. The Box Office is open Monday to Saturday 10am to 1pm. Tel: 01507 600350.

Review by Kathryn Norton.