Those in the large first night audience who had recently been captivated by the adaptation of the Father Brown stories depicted on our television screens, were in for something of a shock.  Still, the nice, cuddly, be-cassocked Father Brown with his trade-mark hat using his sleuthing skills to solve the crime, but the fact that the music was taken from the score of Hitchcock’s terrifying thriller Psycho should have been a clue to this altogether  more sombre and black whodunnit!

The script – a marriage of two G K Chesterson short stories The Invisible Man and the Curse of the Golden Cross – was written by John Goodrum, who also co-directed the play and took the part of Angus Turnbull.  The plot, featuring the whereabouts of five ancient daggers associated with the Holy Roman Empire of the early Middle Ages, cryptic Latin inscriptions, mummified bodies and countless murders on the way, was complex.

It was a mentally exhausted group of Friends who gathered in the bar to welcome the four-strong cast and members of the company for a gathering after their first night.

Back (l-r): Fran Buxey (Stage Manager), Karen Henson, John Goodrum Front: David Gilbrook (Co-Director), Anna Mitcham, John Lyons

Back (l-r): Fran Buxey (Stage Manager), Karen Henson, John Goodrum
Front: David Gilbrook (Co-Director), Anna Mitcham, John Lyons

The chat was lively and it was a delight to welcome back so many old friends among the cast – and indeed John Hester who was attending his first Bar Reception as a Friend rather than a member of the cast!  It was also lovely to have the chance to chat with Ann, John Lyons wife of over fifty years and hear about their exploits around the world on cruise ships in recent years when John has appeared as a guest speaker recounting his experiences throughout his long and varied career.

The party could have gone on for hours – and it did.  Our apologies to the staff at the DPT who were waiting to return to their beds but everyone was having such a good time!