Ghost Writer – A Ghost Story with Some Funny Bits and Some Scary Bits
Heretaunga Players’ final production for 2014 is called “Ghost Writer”, a haunting comedy by British playwright David Tristram. The play is directed by Andrew Watson who also directed Scrubbers (2010) and Trick of the Light (2012).
Ghost Writer is set in the dingy attic of Alex’s house, where his friend Edward, a successful writer, is staying following the death of his actress wife Ruby. An inquest concluded that Ruby died as a result of suicide at an after-show party while celebrating a successful season of Hamlet. Alex is trying to distract Edward from his self-pity with Glenda, a younger aspiring actress, who is also currently single. This plan may have worked; but Ruby decides that this is the moment to make a reappearance to clear her name and find out who poisoned her.
Edward is tasked with unmasking the killer in this funny, typically David Tristram, twisted take on a classic storyline. Ruby encourages Edward to invite all the main suspects to take part in a play reading to flush out her killer. As Alex states, “Echoes of Hamlet – If you’re going to rip off a play you may as well make it a good-un!”
For this show we have cast several experienced actors that are new to Heretaunga Players as well as a couple of people you may have seen previously on our stage. The cast consists of Andrew Aspen (Edward), Colin Edson (Alex), Cathy Leonard (Ruby), Aislinn Sederel (Glenda), Jacqui Watson (Frances), and Greg Judd (Hedley).
Ghost Writer was billed as a “Haunting Comedy” and it provided an evening filled with laughter.
The season ran 12 – 22 November, with evening performances on 12 – 14 and 18 – 22 November 2014