There’s been a murder at MAD

'Inspector Drake And The Black Widow' by Monifieth Amateur Dramatic which will run later this month. Pictured from left - Gareth Barton, Ann Sutherland and Steven Armstrong try to figure out the cause of death of one of the play's many victims.
'Inspector Drake And The Black Widow' by Monifieth Amateur Dramatic which will run later this month. Pictured from left - Gareth Barton, Ann Sutherland and Steven Armstrong try to figure out the cause of death of one of the play's many victims.

MAD return to the stage later this month with their lethal wit sharpened to a fine edge by their latest murder mystery farce.

‘Inspector Drake And The Black Widow’ is not the first show Monifieth Amateur Dramatic have performed from playwright David Tristram and all of their previous productions of his work have been well received.

There is a bit of a difference with this murderous farce, instead of the titular Inspector Drake investigating just one death, he has around 17 to solve!

For a play involving so many different characters, most of whom are killed off very rapidly there are only three players in the cast.

Gareth Barton plays the incompetent Inspector Drake, while Steven Armstrong is his hapless assistant Sergeant Plod, while Ann Sutherland appears, and also disappears with alarming regularity, as everyone else in the cast.

The situation is hindered by the fact that the easily-confused Inspector also has a talent for mixing people’s names up and addresses everyone differently almost every time he speaks to them.

As the title suggests, there is at least one non-human character in the play, in the form of a pet arachnid whose disappearance adds a little consternation to the proceedings.

One thing audiences at Monifieth Theatre need not worry about any longer is the temperature thanks to the newly-installed radiators in the hall and the new boiler paid for by Monifieth Youth Theatre.

Director Mel Isabella is helming this production and rehearsals have been going well.

‘Inspector Drake And The Black Widow’ will open at Monifieth Theatre on Thursday, April 17, and run on April 18, 19, 24, 25 and 26.

Tickets are £8 and £6 for concessions and are available from Troup Pharmacy, High Street, Monifieth, Yorkshire Building Society, Broughty Ferry, The Van Diner, Riverview Caravan Park, Monifieth or by calling 01382 480043 during office hours.