Suspenseful play will be staged…

The Invercargill Repertory Society's season of The Mousetrap has had to be postponed for a second time.

HOPEFULLY it will be third time lucky for the cast, crew and audience keen to see the staging of Invercargill Repertory Society’s The Mousetrap finally go ahead.

Director David Pottinger said yesterday a meeting was being held last night to decide when the play could be performed.

“Our most likely option at present is to stage the show on October 12 to 16 and limit the houses to a maximum of 50 per show,” he said.

This would enable the society to sell additional tickets should the levels or regulations change in the future.

“The society feels it is important that the show is staged and that it continues to offer entertainment to the community, especially during these troubled times,” he said.

This is the third time a date had been set for the play’s showing.

The show’s season was originally scheduled for mid-August, but had been postponed after a skateboarding accident left actor Ben Rowles unable to perform in his role of Giles Ralston.

A replacement was found in the form of Sebastion Fabre when he stepped up to take on the part.

However, the season was then changed to mid-September to allow Fabre time to learn the role.

On August 29, a post on the society’s Facebook page broadcast a further postponement.

“Unfortunately due to the ongoing Covid pandemic, we once again have had to postpone our upcoming production of Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap.

“However, we are still committed to stage the play at a later date when it was safe to do so. As you can appreciate, the logistics of staging a major production are quite difficult. Therefore, as soon as we can confirm the new performance dates and ticketing info, we will let you know through our social media platforms.”

Ironically, Covid-19 is the very reason the play was able to be performed outside of England, Pottinger told the Southland Expresslast month.

“Because of the Covid situation in the UK and the effect it was having on the theatre industry, the owners of The Mousetrap rights wished to make the play available to groups who would not normally get the chance to perform it.”

The play had been running in England continuously since it began in 1952 until Covid-19 closed it down for more than a year. It holds the world record for most continuous play performances.

It is well-known for its secrecy, as all audiences were asked to never divulge whodunit.

It is the tale of a group of strangers who become stranded in a boarding house during a snow storm, one of whom is a murderer.

The suspects include a newly-married couple who run the house whose suspicions nearly wreck their perfect marriage. Others are a spinster with a curious background, an architect who seems better equipped to be a chef, a retired army major, a strange little man who claims his car has overturned in the drift, and a jurist who makes life miserable for everyone.

Into their midst comes a policeman, travelling on skis. He no sooner arrives, than the jurist is killed.

The policeman probes the background of everyone present, and rattles a lot of skeletons.

Pottinger said yesterday the society’s next production Secret Bridesmaid’s Business was already being rehearsed and would follow in November.

“All things being equal.”