Preview: Secretarial Skills/ Real Inspector Hound

Edinburgh Theatre Arts. Pic: Comp
Edinburgh Theatre Arts. Pic: Comp
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EVENING News Drama Award winners Edinburgh Theatre Arts take to the stage of St Ninian’s Hall in a double-header on Monday.

Their spring production sees the acclaimed amateur company tackle an exciting comedy double bill of Secretarial Skills, by Peter Quilter, and The Real Inspector Hound, by Tom Stoppard.

The latter, directed by company member John McLinden, is a classic send-up of the great British murder mystery. Two theatre critics, Moon and Birdboot, watch the action unfold and help the audience, as only critics can, understand the true meaning of what they are watching.

“It is a parody of the ever popular murder mystery,” confirms McLinden. “As the critics watch, by chance they become more involved in the plot than they could ever have anticipated.

“With elements of absurdism, farce and satire it makes for, to quote one of the critics, ‘a rattling good night out’.”

Secretarial Skills on the other hand is a romantic comedy. Barrie is not really interested in women, but Janet sees that as no reason to stop trying.

Directed by David McCallum, it opens the company’s double-bill.

“Secretarial Skills is one part of Duets, a collection of self-contained one-act plays, each of which involve a series of couples or would-be couples at different stages of their relationships,” explains McLinden.

Both one-acts run all next week with a matinee next Saturday.

• Secretarial Skills / The Real Inspector Hound, St Ninian’s Hall, Comely Bank, Monday-Saturday, 7.30pm (Saturday matinee 2.30pm), £10, 07599-928 440