Brush With A Body
by Maurice McLoughlin; producer Norman Nash
26-28 November 1970
In anticipation of Sybil Walling’s return home, her children call in the chimney-sweep to spruce up the home. Unfortunately, his brushes dislodge not only soot but a body. When Sybil returns she tells them that, just before he died twenty years ago, their father had killed a Soho gangster and had hidden the body in the chimney.
The police descend in pursuit of an amorous patient of Sybil’s psychoanalyst son Henry, which leads to misunderstandings and surprises, while some judicious blackmail adds some spice to the comedy.
Two historical notes: first, this wasn’t the first time Ernest Hall – a native of Hull – had been praised in the press for his Irish accent, following the previous year’s Midsummer Mink. Second, the promised spring production of Semi-Detached was replaced by the more serious They Came To A City. We don’t remember why.