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Prepare to Meet Thy Tomb at Garrick Theatre

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Director Lynne Devenish is throwing political correctness out the window when she brings her baffling murder mystery spoof Prepare To Meet Thy Tomb to the stage at Guildford's Garrick Theatre this month.

The play follows Tomb With A View and Tiptoe Through the Tombstones to complete the trilogy of plays from Norman Robbins. Robbins is one of the most prolific writers of light comedy and pantomime for the amateur stage. He is also a performer and an author. His book on the evolution of pantomime was published in 2002 with the title Slapstick and Sausages
Prepare to meet thy Tomb, Lynn Devnish, Garrick Theatre, Kerry Goode, Hayley Dewort
The Cast of Prepare to Meet Thy Tomb in rehearsal (Photograph courtesy of Garrick Theatre)

Director Devinish: "As night falls on Monument House Hotel and Alternative Health Spa, Hecuba Tomb and her niece Drusilla receive a series of unexpected visitors. Novelist Philippa and her assistant Daphne are seeking refuge from a mysterious follower they fear may be the notorious Norfolk Strangler."

Hot on their heels comes flamboyant, openly gay TV presenter Quentin Danesworth and vacuous honeymooners Robert and Miranda. The uninvited guests are soon snooping around the secret passages of the creepy old mansion and asking too many questions for comfort."

Ms Devenish said the play featured over-the-top characters and shocking plot twists. "No secret panel is unoccupied, no cup of tea untouched, and nobody is who they appear to be," she said.

The play is set in the modern day with the characters appearing ostensibly normal whilst continuing to uphold the Tomb traditions of murdering by contract, or whim, whichever comes first."

Prepare to meet thy Tomb, Lynn Devnish, Garrick Theatre, Kerry Goode, Hayley Dewort
Playwright Norman Robbins (photograph courtesy N Robbins)

Director Devenish's first acting gig was at the age of five at the Karachi Grammar School in Pakistan followed by several roles in the UK before coming to Australia.

She has been an active member of Garrick since 1968, winning awards for both acting and directing. Garrick is her second home.

Prepare to Meet Thy Tomb runs from July 28th at Garrick Theatre, 10 Meadow Street, Guildford until August 13th.

Tickets cost $20 (Concession $17) and to book ring 9378 1990 or email:

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Why? A ghoulish farce about the Tombs
When: 8:00pm and 2:00pm (matinees)
Phone: 9378 1990
Where: Garrick Theatre, 16 Meadow Street, Guildford
Cost: $20 (Concession $17)
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