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The Drama Group presents: The Real Inspector Hound by Tom Stoppard

Friday 1st March, 6.30pm, Club Room, 7pm.

Free

Please come along at 6.30 pm and enjoy a drink before the start of the play reading.

The Real Inspector Hound by Tom Stoppard was written in 1968 and is an amusing send up

of the simultaneous self-importance and weaknesses of theatre critics. Moon and Birdboot

are reviewing a murder mystery play in London. The play is set in the drawing room of

Muldoon Manor, owned by Lady Cynthia Muldoon, whose husband Albert is dead. Her

guests include the young attractive Felicity Cunningham and Magnus Muldoon, the long lost

half-brother of Albert from Canada. Mrs Drudge, the charwoman offers a narrative eon

events and characters as well as her own observations of the goings on. However all are

unaware of a body behind the chaise-longue.

Not long after we hear on the radio that there is a dangerous madman on the loose, the

young amorous Simon Gascoyne appears on the scene. Is he in love with Cynthia, Felicity

or both? As the play progresses the identity of the characters becomes more confused and

the play seems to restart with almost the same lines but different characters. As the

denouement approaches the critics are drawn into the action and more murders are

committed.

This is a play full of laughs and clever double-entendres but although the plot is

preposterous it is a cleverly written play that still has a strong appeal though written fifty

years ago.