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Inspector Drake and the Black Widow

by David Tristram


The company, in this their tenth year, have chosen as their summer production an out and out comedy: "Inspector Drake and the Black Widow". 
The legendary Inspector Drake and his faithful assistant Sergeant Plod investigate yet another baffling murder case.  

Why was the victim badly disguised as his own wife? Why had he eaten a tortoise?  Who or what is the black widow? 

The pair pride themselves on solving every case they’ve taken on but could this one be their first failure?
Playwright David Tristram is considerted by many to be a comic genius.

Many Bare Bones supporters will remember his "A Bolt fron the Blue" which we toured three years ago.

We pledged then to refund the ticket price to anyone who found the play short of hilarious and there were no claims!

We'll once more make that promise with confidence.  Come along and enjoy an evening of helpless laughter.  You'll not regret it !

The Cast

Sergeant Plod Inspector Drake

The Maid

Lady Devonshire

Doctor Foste

Miss Marble

Amy Mallard

Zoo Lady


Nick Abel
Howard Jones
Jeanette Bennett
Margaret Baldwin
Lizzie Reekie
Margaret Baldwin
Lizzie Reekie
Jeanette Bennett
Lizzie Reekie

Director: Dave Baldwin

The Crew

Stage Manager Richard Worrall
Sound & Lighting Philip Preston
Costume & Props

Stella Truscott

Geraldine Rees

Amanda Watkins

Gordon Stewart


Saturday 12th July          WOOLHOPE Village Hall

Friday 18th July              UPTON BISHOP Millennium Hall

Saturday 19th July          FOWNHOPE Memorial Hall

Friday 25th July              BURGHILL Simpson Hall

Saturday 26th July          GOODRICH Village Hall

Author and Article


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