Full of thrills and surprises, tricks and laughter, Corpse! is set in London in 1936, and tells the story of twin brothers, one of whom plots to murder the other in the most unusual circumstances. Evelyn, an out-of-work actor, engages the genial Irishman Powell, with a shady past, to do away with his suave, sophisticated, monied twin. Their plotting in Evelyn’s Aladdin’s cave of a flat is punctuated by the visits of a delightfully theatrical landlady.
As with most ‘fool-proof’ plans things do not go as they should and people are not what they seem.
Corpse! is not so much a whodunit as a whodunit to whom!
|Evelyn Farrant||Peter Birch|
|Mrs McGee||Pat Williamson|
|Major Ambrose Powell||Richard Sails|
Sale & Altrincham Messenger’s review by Rick Bowen
Corpse! – stylish comedy thriller at the Garrick
Just when you think you’ve got it all worked out in Corpse!, writer Gerald Moon throws a giant spanner in the works. This is a very clever play and Altrincham Garrick’s production is as exhilarating as it is entertaining, with director Alan Rothwell setting a beautifully judged pace. It also features one of the finest performances I can remember from Peter Birch, who is a master of the mind game as the murderous Evelyn Farrant, your archetypal ‘luvvie’ with a seedy private life. Peter really makes your flesh creep as the slippery, calculating Farrant and Richard Sails is equally good value as the light fingered con artist Major Ambrose Powell. Farrant hires Powell to kill his brother, Rupert, a wealthy man about town. Neither Farrant or his reluctant employee would even make the final of a popularity contest and yet they make a highly watchable double act. Pat Williamson is really, really good as Farrant’s busybody landlady, Mrs McGee and this character is especially good fun when she?s had a drink. A stylish comedy thriller full of surprises,’Corpse!’ will make laugh and possibly cry too, because near the end of act two there’s every chance you’ll be tearing your hair out, desperately trying to work out who’s dead and who isn’t.
Highly recommended. Star Rating ★★★★
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