Vagabond takes on a thriller of a comedy

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Pictured (L-R) from the cast of Sting in the Tale are Michael DeWolfe, Bruce Baker, and Nik Skidders.

CORNWALL,Ontario - Vagabond Theatre is ready to raise the curtain on its upcoming production of A Sting in the Tale, by Brian Clemens and Dennis Spooner.

Described as a thriller-comedy, the plot involves of a couple of playwrights who have worked collaboratively for many years and have had great successes, explains Katie Burke, the show’s director.

The two have reached a dry spell and are wondering what to do to come up with a new script that is going to help them get over this drought that has made them self-professed “poppers.”

“They have bills to pay and are frustrated because they just can’t seem to get another play off the ground, and it evolves from there,” said Burke.

The five-hander features local actors, Bruce Baker as Nigel Forbes, and Michael DeWolfe as Wolf Max Goodman, the playwrights, as well as Cathy Doyle Parent in the role of Anne Forbes, Nigel’s wife; Nik Skidders as Jill Prentice and Bob Blackadder Detective Inspector Barry.

“It has some suspense, some humour, unexpected twists; just when you think that you’ve figured something out, it goes in the other direction,” said Burke who explained that audiences will have their work cut out for them in this show.

“There are things that take place on a darkened stage and the audience is going to have to focus a bit,” she said. “It is a fast paced play so (they) really have to pay attention to what’s going on. There are little snippets of information that are dropped as we go through the play, and at the very end there is ‘a sting in the tale,’ a twist.”

A veteran with Vagabond, Burke, who has worn the director’s hat many times with such productions as Said the Spider to the Spy, The Unexpected Guest, and Ruby of Elsinore, says in particular, she is enjoying the great combination of the experienced company members and new faces on this project.

Sting in the Tale runs May 23, 24, 31, June 1 (matinee 2:00pm), June 6 and 7. All evening performances begin at 8:00. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at Scotiabank or at Cornwall and Seaway Valley Tourism. For further information, visit

Organizations: Scotiabank

Geographic location: Ontario

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