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FAHETGDSMM at Brentwood Theatre

I went along to the Hutton Players’ performance of The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society Murder Mystery (FAHETGDSMM for short, although that’s not much shorter!) at the Brentwood Theatre this weekend (28th March) having been lucky enough to get my hands on a pair of tickets to the show which was a sell out for its three day run, and did not disappoint.

The play sees the beautifully misguided ladies of the Guild putting on another ambitious production (one of ten written by the very talented David McGillivray and Walter Zerlin Jnr) which is, as usual, blighted by a series of disasters.

“Murder at Checkmate Manor” requires pace, enthusiasm and a lot of guts from all the actors, who are tasked with the difficulty of making the scripted mishaps of this play within a play seem unexpected, so a very big congratulations to the cast for managing to pull it off! I’m already looking forward to the next one.

And a big thanks to Guy and Graham who gave me a sneaky peek backstage before all the action began!


Margaret Goldstone – Sylvia

Sarah Cook – Felicity

Meryl Spinks – Audrey

Kathy Smith – Phoebe

Claire Hilder – Thelma

Helen Robins – Georgina

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