Take Away the Lady
by Jimmie Chinn
Full Length Play, Drama / 3m, 4f
Intriguing glimpses into a cupboard full of family skeletons, together with some serious, and not so serious, detective work, combine in this unusual suspense play, to keep everyone guessing until the very last page! Returning home from prison, after serving fifteen years for allegedly murdering his…
TAKE AWAY THE LADY
Take Away The Lady is another example of the sharp wit and observation of popular writer, Jimmie Chinn. Intriguing glimpses into a cupboard full of family skeletons, together with some serious, and not so serious, detective work, combine in this unusual suspense play, to keep everyone guessing until the very last page! Returning home from prison, after serving fifteen years for allegedly murdering his mother, Matthew finds his three sisters, his wife and his father waiting for him. Still protesting his innocence, Matthew's arrival prompts the question of who did kill Mother - scornful Celia, dotty Emma, cold Lavinia, flighty Gilda or even gentle Father? Accusations and hypotheses abound, but it takes an apparent suicide, and a good deal of amateur sleuthing, before the truth is revealed and the lady can be taken away...
If you relish a finely tuned, old-fashioned English-drawing-room murder mystery, the kind where everyone has a bloody good motive for doing the dastardly deed — not once, but twice, mind you — then you'll feel all cosy and warm with Theatre Suburbia's fine production of Jimmie Chinn's deadly puzzler, Take Away the Lady.
Chinn's plays are a mixed bag, from dreamy idylls to interpersonal family dramas to this one, an Agatha Christie-esque murder mystery.
Set in a gloomy country house where tea is always served with fish-paste sandwiches and stiff upper-lip propriety, Chinn goes Christie one better by deftly incorporating the necessary exposition right at the start. Christie sometimes takes up the entire first act to set up her elaborate mousetrap plot machinery; Chinn simply begins. HOUSTON PRESS
- Minimum Fee: £69 per performance plus VAT when applicable.
- Time Period: Present Day, 1990s, 1980s, 1970s, 1960s, 1950s
- Duration: 105 Minutes
- Setting: A Drawing Room in Sussex.
- Additional Features: Not Applicable
- Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
- Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
- Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
- Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)
The play was first presented as part of the Bedford Park Festival in June 1985 at the Studio Theatre, Bedford Park, Chiswick, London.