Famous house to boost interest in new play

PUBLISHED: 06:30 31 January 2016

Cast of 'And Then There Were None' at the Watch Hill house where an Agatha Christie drama was filmed. Bottom left (bottom to top) - Daniel Hill, Mary Logan, David Holt, Steve Clarke, Pat Cowley Bottom Right (bottom to top) - Leigh Steedman, Penny Hill, Paul Turner, Richard Gomm

Cast of 'And Then There Were None' at the Watch Hill house where an Agatha Christie drama was filmed. Bottom left (bottom to top) - Daniel Hill, Mary Logan, David Holt, Steve Clarke, Pat Cowley Bottom Right (bottom to top) - Leigh Steedman, Penny Hill, Paul Turner, Richard Gomm

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A pair of drama group members, living in a house used to film an Agatha Christie drama for television, are hoping a connection to the famous author can help the group’s next production.

Salterton Drama Club members Penelope Hill, 27, and her brother Daniel, 23, live at Watch Hill, in Cricketfield Lane, where filming of Sleeping Murder took place in the 1980s.

Both Penelope and Daniel will be taking to the stage at the Salterton Playhouse, in Station Road, in March in And Then There Were None, which was one of Agatha Christie’s best-selling books.

The story itself was turned into a television programme over the Christmas period by the BBC.

Watch Hill is on the market with Wilkinson, Grant and Co and Penelope said she is hoping the connection between the house and the new play will prompt excitement about the production.

She said: “We’ve lived there for 14 years now, so it’s a long time through renovations and the whole family has lived there.

“There is a nice continuity between two members of the group living in the house and the fact we are doing an Agatha Christie play – it’s one of her most famous plays.

“The house has been on the market for a while and it’s finding another family to take on the house.

“It will be sad to leave such an iconic and beautiful house but it is time for us to move on.

“We’re hoping the fact that it is an Agatha Christie play and where we are in the world should give us a little boost.”

And Then There Were None goes on stage from Monday, March 7, until Friday, March 11, with a matinee performance on Saturday, March 12, from 2.30pm.

Tickets, which go on sale from Monday, February 15, will cost £8 and are available from the Budleigh Tourist Information Centre.


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