Douglas has been a professional food writer since 1986. He is also an award-winning actor and director in Community Theatre and has been for many years. His blog may be found at: www.urbaneguerilla.wordpress.com
Don't eat the chocolates
The scene - Meadowbrook Health Resort. The curtain rises on the dead body of Henry Meadowbrook. A suicide? It certainly looks like it, but appearances can be deceptive.
Gary Billingham (Henry) and Tom Brandwood (Alfred) in Death By Chocolate (Photo courtesy of Stirling Players)
The new owner, Lady Riverdale, a chocolate magnate, takes over and the deaths come thick and fast. Will the soft centres last out?
The play is Death By Chocolate, written by Paul Freed, produced by Stirling Players and directed by Janet Brandwood.
Death By Chocolate is that rarest of rare animals - a funny, American murder/mystery spoof; but like a lot of American comedies it relies on zany rather than subtle humour.
Sophie Prober (Dyslexia) and Karin Sfaflund (Lady Riverdale) at Stirling Playes this May (Photo courtesy of Stirling Players)
Director Brandwood says, "This is a play I have had on the 'back burner' for a few years and was one I had hoped to do some time in the future' and now have the chance to do so."
Written in the 1980s Death By Chocolate is running from 16 to 31 May at 8 pm, with matinees on May 18 and 25 at 2 pm. Bookings may be made at Morris News on 9440 1040. Tickets $22 full, $20 concession, $18 members.