The Bridge Tournament at Bletchley Park

bletchley4It is May 1940, the early days of the War. Churchill has just become Prime Minister and we are at Bletchley Park where a talented group of people work to decrypt enemy messages. Although the work is hard and the hours are long, they are all young, lively people and many leisure clubs flourish here. As well as dramatic and musical societies, there is a Bridge Club which is holding a big competition. The eight people gathered here are the finalists, and all are keen to win.

It is the second day of the Championships, and the competitors have reconvened for the next round. The police arrive in the person of P.C. Percy Plod and announce that Victor Kerr, head of vetting and security at Bletchley Park has been found dead in his office this morning, stabbed with the ceremonial dagger he keeps on the wall. A valuable glass statue which was only installed yesterday is also missing from his office.

List of Competitors

Jack Field is a mathematician from Cambridge who is working on the Bombe machine to decrypt Enigma messages.

Queenie Smith is a young, very attractive local girl who is a messenger, carrying documents between the huts.

Ed King is a dark, intense man who works as a Russian translator.

Jo Kerr is a mathematician from Oxford specialising in Game Theory. His brother Victor Kerr, is in charge of vetting and security at Bletchley.

Eva Hart is one of Dilly’s Fillys, the girls who work for Dilly Knox decrypting Enigma messages using a linguistic rather than a mathematical method.

Sam Spade is a dashing Naval Intelligence Officer who liaises with Bletchley on a regular basis.

Marilyn Klubb is a brilliant German translator who met her late fiance Henry at art college.

Stacey Diamond is one of the glamorous, upper class girls brought in to do the filing. No-one has been able to get close to her.

You can see the cast at a production (in Winterbourne Library) in their period costume below.

The cast at Winterbourne LibraryDress for the Queenie characterThe dress for the Queenie character (4th from the right above) was especially made by our wardrobe department to help present the 1940’s feel of the production.