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Service Players present Murder on the Nile 3 October 2007

Local dramatic society the Service Players will be performing Murder on the Nile at the Gaiety on 11, 12 and 13 October.

Michael Hoy, author and former teacher, is directing the production. The Service Players have been lucky enough to have Michael direct the last few autumn performances including Dancing at Lughnasa and Dangerous Corner and he has assisted with others besides.

Murder on the Nile tells the story of a group of tourists taking a trip on a steamboat down the Nile. Honeymooners Simon and Kay Mostyn, played by Tom Cain and Rachel Martin are hounded by Simon’s former love, Jacqueline, played by Lisa Creighton. The cantankerous Miss ffoliot-ffoulkes (Una King), her downtrodden niece Christina (Liz Nicol), socialist Smith (Trevor Nixon) and Dr Bessner (Matt Cox) make up the rest of the party. While Hercule Poirot features in the film version, the stage show presents Agatha Christie's original story, in which Canon Pennefather, played by Chris Caine, reveals the murderer.

The society is also pleased to welcome back Lisa Kreisky as Kay’s French handmaid, Louise. Lisa performed with the Service Players during her teens, before leaving the Island to pursue her professional acting career. She has recently returned home, having achieved her acting ambitions, and is delighted to be welcomed back to the local theatre scene.

Ian Torbet, Jim De Backer, Lindsay Quayle and Dawn Horsfield have taken supporting roles, as the steamboat crew and local bead sellers.

Michael Hoy comments:

“We have found darker tones and a fascinating exploration of social, moral and spiritual values in this play. It is full of surprises - and not just 'whodunit' surprises. This has been a wonderful, talented company to work with once again and I know that our audiences will enjoy the show.”

Murder on the Nile is on at the Gaiety on 11, 12 and 13 October, curtain up at 8pm. Call the box office on 694555 for tickets.

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