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