8–10 June 2023
By Eric Chappell
Emily Baines and May Brewer share a bedsitting-room in the Summer End retirement home. Emily is a long term resident of the home and May has recently been moved to the room as Emily's previous room-mate, Bella, died not long ago.
Cantankerous, iron-willed but forgetful, Emily is certain that Bella was murdered for her money by Sally, one of the carers, in collusion with the home's ageing sex-symbol, Vernon Watts, and she has evidence to prove it - or so she thinks.
When her evidence disappears and Bella's sapphire ring is found among her possessions Emily cannot remember enough about her own past actions to stop the finger of suspicion pointing at her. It is not until May is attacked by the would-be killer that the mystery is solved.
Summer End combines the elements of a murder-mystery thriller with a touching and funny character study of two old ladies whose early mutual mistrust gradually changes into friendship as they face suspicion and adversity together.
26–29 January 2023
Little Red Riding Hood
By Paul Reakes
In the land of Pantovia, trouble is brewing. The country has been brought to near ruin by the foppish Count De Cash. Despite all this, the Rumple family and their neighbours do their best to celebrate young Rosie’s birthday, even if she is dreading her grandmother's inevitable present of a red riding hood!
When the Count's efforts to romance the young Rosie with lavish gifts fail to win her heart he tries to kidnap her and take her to his palace. She is rescued by a mysterious young man and his faithful manservant and it is love at first sight. Little does she know that he is in fact Prince Rupert, the rightful ruler of the land.
The young lovers are soon parted as more mishaps befall the Rumples, a fierce Werewolf now roams the woods.
When Rosie realises the Werewolf is in the woods where her granny lives she sets off to save her. But this granny isn't the frail old woman she seems to be! Can Rosie save her grandma? Only Rupert’s valet knows the beast is really Rupert, changed by the full moon, and must try to save him from the vigilante villagers and the Count’s silver bullet.