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Be prepared for a tale of dark deeds

Posted on October 20 2013 at 2:42:22

Alvechurch Dramatic Society

There are dark deeds afoot at Ye Olde Wayside Inn, a remote, dilapidated and eerie old hostelry, as Alvechurch Dramatic Society’s latest production takes us back to a dark and stormy night in 1950s Massachusetts.

The inn has been the home of the Saltmarsh family since before the Revolutionary War and the family have reputedly all been mad since their ancestor deserted Washington at the battle of Valley Forge.

It is currently the home of cousins Ebenezer, Hepzibah and Arabella, their Uncle Silas (aged 113) and the hired girl, Olive. All are quite odd, but why does the impending storm (and a little home brew) turn Ebenezer so grim and dangerous, and what will happen to the young nurses he lures to the inn?

Is Uncle Silas really the “most unusual patient” they have been recruited to care for, and are the other strangers who are forced to spend a grim night at the inn all quite what they seem to be? Find out the answers as the chilling – or is it killing? – time begins.

It Was a Dark and Stormy Night, an entertaining parody of the thrillers of an earlier age, effectively mixes spine-chilling thrills with moments of comedy, and won the Robert J Pickering Award for Playwriting Excellence for its author, Tim Kelly.

It will be presented by Alvechurch Dramatic Society, by special arrangement with Samuel French Ltd, at Alvechurch Village Hall on Thursday Nov 28, Friday Nov 29 and Saturday Nov 30.

Performances will start at 7.30pm.

Tickets are available from Alvechurch Post Office, The Joshua Tree or 0121 447 7071, costing £6 (£5 for age 60+ or those in full-time education). 

The play is not considered suitable for young children.

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