27th – 29th October 1983
Ten strangers are invited up to a house high on a mountain top; when they are all gathered, they hear from their host that each one of them has in someway caused the death of an innocent person and that justice had not be served in their cases. There are eight guests and two servants there for the weekend, but one by one, they begin to be murdered in the theme of the poem Ten Little Indians. As the number of survivors decreases, they begin to believe that the killer is one of the group, but are unable to decide on which one he or she may be…
Rogers: Ian Hickling
Narracot: Nick Roberts
Mrs Rogers: Marjorie Treacher
Vera Claythorne: Enid Farr
Philip Lombard: Dave Hawkins
Anthony Marston: Mike Martin
William Blore: Charles East
General Mackenzie: Peter Monger
Emily Brent: Elizabeth Saxton
Sir Lawrence Wargrave: Robertson Bell
Dr Armstrong: H Connolly
Produced by Mary Warrington
Newbury Weekly News review
Hall packed for producer’s first show
The Coronation Hall at Compton was packed last week when Compton Players presented their latest production, Ten Little Nigger Boys by Agatha Christie. A combination of a popular choice of play and the excellent reputation of the Players ensured that tickets sold like hot cakes.
The audience was not to be disappointed, and the play proved a great success for producer Mary Warrington in her first solo production. The action was smooth and well planned and if an occasional prompt was needed the cast were experienced enough to cover it very successfully.
The play is based on the old nursery rhyme and provides a good range of characters in the 10 guests who are systematically murdered.
Liz Saxton tackled the role of the straight-laced spinster with relish and H Connolly as the doctor became increasingly neurotic as the play progressed.
Peter Monger was at his best as the General and gave a particularly touching performance. Marjorie Treacher and Ian Hickling were the domestics and Nick Roberts the boatman.
The only newcomer to the cast was Dave Hawkins who made his debut with the Players as a convincing Captain playing opposite Enid Farr as secretary. Charles East made a shifty ex-policeman and Rob Bell was well suited in the role of the Judge.
Sound effects and lighting were used to advantage to heighten the drama and the production was certainly well up to the high standard which we have come to expect and appreciate over the years.