Prepare to Meet Thy Tomb
Full Length Play, Comedy / 4m, 6f
Prepare To Meet Thy Tomb follows Tomb With A View and Tiptoe Through the Tombstones to complete the trilogy of plays from Norman Robbins about the family that play together and slay together: the murderous Tombs. As night falls and fog descends on Monument House Hotel …
Prepare To Meet Thy Tomb follows Tomb With A View and Tiptoe Through the Tombstones to complete the trilogy of plays from Norman Robbins about the family that play together and slay together: the murderous Tombs.
As night falls and fog descends on Monument House Hotel and Alternative Health Spa, Hecuba Tomb and her niece Drusilla receive a series of unexpected visitors. Novelist Philippa and her assistant Daphne are seeking refuge from a mysterious follower they fear may be the notorious "Norfolk Strangler". Hot on their heels come TV historian Quentin Danesworth and vacuous honeymooners Robert and Miranda. The uninvited guests are soon snooping around the secret passages of the creepy old mansion and asking too many questions for comfort. Sure enough, one by one they fall victim to violent deaths by devious techniques — no secret panel is unoccupied, no cup of tea untouched, and nobody is who they appear to be. This irresistible combination of spoof and baffling murder mystery, over-the-top characters and shocking plot twists will thrill and delight in equal measure.
"This is the sort of thing that Norman Robbins does best: eccentric characters;secret panels;plot twists taht are every bit as shocking, and frequent, as the violent deaths suffered by the cast list; and a gloriously funny sense of the macabre throughout" - Amateur Stage September 2010
- No Special Cautions
- Minimum Fee: £69 per performance plus VAT when applicable.
- Time Period: Present Day
- Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
The action of the play takes place in the Garden Room of Monument House Hotel and Alternative Health Farm, some fifty miles from London
Act 1 Sc1 Late Saturday afternoon in February: Sc 2 The same. An hour later
Act 2 Sc1 The same. Half-an-hour later: Sc 2 The same. An hour later.
- Additional Features: Not Applicable
- Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
DRUSILLA TOMB - 19
HECUBA TOMB - her aunt; 60s
SIR BEVERLEY COMSTOCK - 60s
PHILLIPA COLLINS - 40s
DAPHNE SUMMERS - late 50s
ANTHONY STRICKLAND - late 20s
QUENTIN DANESWORTH - effeminate; late 60s
ROBERT SANDBROOKE - late 30s
MIRANDA TORRENCE - early 40s
CECILY VENNER - late 30s
- Parts for Senior Actors
The more skilled the performers and director the more the watchers will enjoy themselves. Characters are pure stock, giving performers wonderful opportunities for truly bizarre characterization, whilst laughter and chills are in equal amounts. Forget political correctness. Here is a family that play together and slay together.
First productions in 2010
To date nearly 30 productions nationally