2010: Autumn - It Could Be Any One Of Us
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James Hodgson

Synopsis
In a leaking, windswept country house resides Millicent Chalke, an eccentric composer who spends her days becoming increasingly exasperated with her equally dysfunctional and unsuccessful family, and in particular her sister's long term friends the eccentric wannabe sleuthster Norris. The former insurance investigator Norris longs for a real murder.
Norris suddenly, unexpectedly has his wish granted as Millicent presents her younger siblings with a textbook motive for murder.

It Could be any one of us by Alan Ayckbourn

Cast
Millicent - Marilyn Dunbar (Jan Bradshaw was taken ill)
Jocelyn - Marianne Potts
Brinton - Simon Grey
Amy - Lisa Dunbar
Norris - Wayne Bradshaw
Wendy - Naomi Scott

Directed by Marilyn Dunbar
Production Assistant - Sheila Hardiman

For the Company
Stage Manager ... Roger Hester
Properties ... Glen Partridge
Lighting ... Lorraine Biddlecombe
Sound ... Lionel Elliott
House Manager ... Norma Hester

Set Design and Construction by company members.

SYNOPSIS OF SCENES
The action of the play takes place in a remote and dilapidated country house.
Act 1
Scene 1 - Monday evening, about 5:30
Scene 2 - Saturday evening, two weeks later
Act 2
Scene 1 - Later the same Saturday evening
Scene 2 - Sunday morning, the next day

In a remote and dilapidated country house, three siblings share an antagonistic life together. All are artists who have failed to live up to their own, let alone anyone else’s, expectations. The older sister Millicent is a composer who has never realised her youthful potential, her sister Jocelyn is a writer of thrillers who has never completed a novel and Brinton is a painter, who does not even let his family see his work. When Jocelyn’s partner, Norris – an insurance investigator with aspirations to be a real detective – arrives home and interrupts a recital by Millicent, a row breaks out in which Millicent reveals she intends to disinherit the family and give the house to a former student, Wendy Jones.

Wendy, now a married mother, visits the house and promptly survives three attempts on her life. With most of the family away for the evening, Millicent goes to bed and Wendy – with Norris watching over her – also attempts to sleep.

A storm and the old house conspire to terrify Wendy and Norris, their terror compounded when Millicent enters with a mortal blow to the head. With the police unwilling to take Norris’s claims of murder seriously, he attempts to solve the murder pinpointing three suspects: Jocelyn, Brinton and Jocelyn's 16 year old daughter, Amy.

As Norris investigates the suspects and their alibis, Jocelyn and Wendy have a heart-to-heart in which Jocelyn reveals she has found a type-written note by Millicent hidden in a book. It lists the methods for the three attempts on Wendy's life, each of which could have been staged by Millicent. Wendy reveals that she can't find a will and both suspect it was all a ruse designed by Millicent to hurt the family. The note is placed back in the book and the pair decide not to mention it to anyone else.

The astonishingly inept Norris’s investigations end with a traditional thriller denouement in which he reveals the killer to be... Wendy. He explains her motives and method which are, of course, all completely wrong. He goes to tell the police, while Wendy reveals who the true killer is, how and why they did it, before promising to keep it secret. She leaves the house, despite Norris’s pleas to the police. The case seems closed, but as Norris picks up a book, Millicent's typed piece of paper falls out. Is it really all over?
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