Theatre – April 2013

Waterside Theatre 2013 – 04

On Thursday 11th April. 27 members of the Theatre Group went to the Waterside Theatre in Aylesbury to see Agatha Christie’s ‘The Mousetrap’.

We were a group with mixed motives for going. Some of us had seen the original production in London more years ago than we liked to remember. Others wanted to see what had kept this play on the boards for 60 years. The rest just looked for a pleasant afternoon out on a cold, end of winter, day.

It was indeed a pleasant afternoon trip. The play was a ‘who done it’ where murder was committed but there was not a drop of blood, a mutilated body, or an embarrassing expletive anywhere to spoil the pleasantness. The set was good, the acting true to the period and if the characters were a little unbelievable in this day and age that was purely due to the violence we see in theatre and film now.

All theatregoers questioned after the performance said that they enjoyed it as ‘a pleasant afternoon out’ although a few had some trouble hearing every word. This problem does seem to be haphazard as the reporter and those in her row, together with those in the row in front, heard perfectly whilst a lady seated behind had difficulty. All seats were in the stalls. It does seem worth asking at theatres for earphones if you think you might have a problem, as the afternoon is spoiled if you miss parts of the dialogue.