Inspector Pratt returns

Following on from my previous blog about the return of Inspector/Sergeant Pratt, I’m pleased to say that the prequel is now pretty much completed. There’s still a little fine-tuning to do but writing is like that ….. you never know when you’ve finished, in the end you just have to leave it alone!

If you’ve seen or been involved in any of the previous ‘Pratt Plays’, you’ll know what to expect. If not, just imagine a British Clouseau type character thrown into a 1930s Agatha Christie-style whodunnit and you’ll get the picture.

I’m still short of a title but am certain that, in keeping with the previous Inspector Pratt trilogy, the words MURDER and/or DEATH are sure to feature heavily!

Here’s a little update on the characters who are featuring in this latest Pratt adventure.

SIR WALTON GATES: One of the landed gentry. Genial, dim-witted, middle-aged and upper class.

MORAG McKAY: Sir Walton’s faithful secretary, she is a dour, middle-aged Scottish woman. If you’re familiar with Dad’s Army, a female version of Private Frazer probably sums her up quite well!

GRACE GATES: The second wife of Sir Walton, his first wife having died in slightly mysterious circumstances. Much younger than Sir Walton, she is attractive, money-grabbing and bitchy.

EMMA GATES: Sir Walton’s daughter from his first marriage. No brighter than him and an arch enemy of Grace. She believes that Grace is grasping and manipulative and only married her father for his money. She may have a point!

JAMES HOLLAND: A handsome, athletic adventurer whose many expeditions have seen him turn his hand to climbing, writing, photography, anthropology and botany. That’s when he’s not playing rugger or cricket for the County. His latest ambition is to conquer Everest …. believing that a good quality sports jacket and a stout pair of brogues should be all the equipment he needs.

ARCHIE GATES: Sir Walton’s brother, who was packed off to Australia in disgrace thirty years ago. Well, all of Pratt’s adventures have a dodgy foreigner in them somewhere and he’s no exception to the rule.

CONSTABLE MARY POTTER: A young, feisty police woman. Although lacking in self confidence, she has the measure of Pratt in the same way that Constable Thomkins did in previous adventures. Unfortunately for her, she’s been ordered to act as Pratt’s assistant for his fund-raising magic show.

SERGEANT PRATT: The same bumbling fool as always.

Oh, and there’s a ferret called DORIS but we don’t actually get to see her!

The play is set in the country pile of Sir Walton on Christmas Eve of 1935. Let the chaos commence!
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