The Affairs At Meddler's Top

The Affairs At Meddler's Top Programme Cover

a murder mystery comedy play by Richard Coleman

July 2006

8.00 pm Friday 14th & Saturday 15th
at Brookside Methodist Church Hall, East Barnet

8.00 pm Sunday 16th
at Finchley Methodist Church Hall, Finchley

The full programme [68K pdf] for this production is available from the archive

There are some pictures on The Affairs At Meddler's Top gallery page

Sir Hector Croquet is holding a tennis weekend at his country home, "Meddler's Top". Among the invited guests are Baroness Svetlana Gorianova, theatrical producer Bouffant Éclair, fading tennis star Peregrine Barrington-Smythe, actress Trellis Trelawney, and the explorer Twitter Fortesque. There is a jewel thief at large in the area and Hector is concerned that Lady Davinia's emerald necklace may be the next target. A quick phone call ensures that Inspector Topiary and Sergeant Manners are on their way...


  • The Court of Justice Grimble Doggerel
  • Sir Hector Croquet's country house, "Meddler's Top"
Watt, the UsherStephen Sewell
Judge Grimble DoggerelStewart Shrank
Penelope Grabbit, the ProsecutionLorainne Steenson
Geraldine Trimble, the DefencePenelope Nachir
Sergeant MannersKerrina Mathews
Inspector TopiaryPaul Theo
Lady Davinia CroquetSally Martin
Sir Hector CroquetPaul Sparks
Petunia Fawcett-EllingtonJadwiga Laskowska
CookMaureen Mathews
Glossop, the butlerMike Sparks
Bouffant ÉclairAlan Kenny
Peregrine Barrington-SmytheNick Drewry
Twitter FortesqueCiarán Ward
Baroness Svetlana GorianovaMaggie Yescombe
Trellis TrelawneyPaola Burgess
Lettis CroquetJo Micallef
Production Team
DirectorJudith Shrank
Production ManagerDavid Constable
PromptHelen Costin
LightingMartin Higgins
Andy Higgins
CostumeJenny Sparks
Front of House Manager Laurie Heatherington
Box OfficeBetty Burgess

Programme Notes

Welcome to the Guild Players summer production. This year we are making a change from our regular one night 'anthology' summer show. We are pleased to present a fully staged play for two nights at a different location, plus an extra performance back at our 'home' venue.

From September 2006, Brookside Methodist Church in East Barnet and Finchley Methodist Church in Ballards Lane will have closer links. All the Methodist Churches in the borough are coming together to form a new 'Barnet Circuit'. We hope that this light comedy will be an entertaining introduction to the Guild Players if you haven't been to one of our productions in Finchley before.

The Guild Players have been meeting and performing at Finchley Methodist Church since 1946. Initially starting as the drama section of 'The Wesley Guild' (hence the name), the group now welcomes members from all parts of the borough of Barnet and beyond. Our stage at Finchley came about due to the government turning the church hall into a 'British Restaurant' during the second world war! You can read more about that and further details of the group at

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