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The Chalice

posted 4 Aug 2010, 14:11 by Chilbolton Players
The players staged an original whodunnit production by Andrew Coombes entitled "The Chalice" on the 8th, 9th and 10th July 2010.

The Vicar of Chilbolton is about to go to a conference for 10 days. Earlier that day he received a 14C chalice belonging to the church, back from an antiques restorer who has cleaned and repaired it. He is looking forward to time off whilst his charlady gives the Vicarage a good spring clean.

The Parish Council has just come to the end of their meeting, and the Vicar leaves for his conference in a taxi. The other members disperse except for the Secretary, who starts to tidy up. Suddenly the Vicar comes back and says he has mislaid the Char's list. He can't find it, so asks the Secretary to have a look and give it to charlady if she finds it, then leaves. The Secretary has a look, then rings chairman and tells him the Vicar has lost the chalice and what should she do? An easy mistake to make if you are a bit deaf!

The Chairman rings police. They arrive in the shape of DI Samson Parrot and DC Anne Dover, who proceed to question everyone, piecing together what had happened that evening. They get nowhere until a van is spotted in the village that was involved in a robbery and suspected murder in London.

The story takes a twist as an antiques smuggling ring is discovered, based in the village. Just as the police are about to arrest the ringleader, he is murdered.

Now the police have to find the murderer. They round up the rest of the gang, and discover that one of their number was murdered and his wife threatened revenge. The hunt was on.