ENVILLE Street Methodist Church Dramatic Society is getting set to stage laugh-a-minute Agatha Christie spoof Death by Fatal Murder.

Set in a manor house in 1940, the Peter Gordon play - another follow-up to the popular Murdered to Death staged by the society a few years ago - again features the clueless Inspector Pratt, his sidekick Constable Thomkins and Miss Joan Maple.

Seasoned thespian Simon Cooper takes on the role of in the inept Insp Pratt this time round; and Constable Thomkins will be played by society newcomer James Tromans, last seen as Abanazar in Stourbridge Pantomime Company's January production of Aladdin.

Former air stewardess Karen Whittington returns to the society to take the role of Blodwyn Morgan, a Welsh spiritualist, and James Silvers returns as Italian - Enzo Garibaldi.

Manor House owner Nancy Allwright will be played by Rachel Eddleston; Land Army girl Ginny Farquhar will be played by Charlotte Jackson and Squadron Leader Roger (Stiffy) Allwright will be played by Lee Morgan-Salcombe.

The show, the society's second 60th anniversary outing, is being staged at St Thomas's Church Hall, Market Street, Stourbridge, from Tuesday April 22 to Saturday April 26, starting at 7.30pm each night.

Society spokesman Wendy Hemming said: "We are convinced the audience will be in stitches - the cast and production team are still laughing in rehearsals although we know the script inside out."

The group is also waiting to find out whether it has won a regional best play award after its last outing Party Piece was nominated by NODA (The National Operatic and Dramatic Association).

Tickets, priced £6 (£5 concessions), are available from the ticket secretary on 01384 372930 or from Books Unlimited, Lower High Street, Stourbridge.