Murdered to Death

Programme for Murdered to Death

Written by Peter Gordon

Staged by Hook Players in 2010

Directed by Jennie Barr

Produced by Paul Yearron

Stage managed by Daryl Curtis

Picture the scene: the lounge of a country manor house with a cast of characters that includes a bumbling butler, a colonel with a fondness for sherry, a heavily-accented Frenchman and a highsociety debutante, all watched over by a nosy busybody and local sleuth with the (happy?) knack of attracting murder wherever she goes. If we tell you that her name is... Miss Maple (yes, that is spelled correctly!) then you'll perhaps get an inkling of the kind of evening's entertainment ahead of you when you come to see this play!

When the inevitable murder is committed (well, there is a bit of a clue in the title!) the local constabulary send their best man with his faithful constable to unravel the mystery. Unfortunately, "best" seems not to apply to his detecting abilities (again, there is a clue in the chap's name - Inspector Pratt) and there are plenty of other clues, red herrings and false trails to emerge as it becomes clear that the murderer isn't finished yet.

But will the killer be unmasked before everyone else has met their doom, or will the audience die laughing first?

This wonderfully funny play pokes fun at all the best Agatha Christie traditions, and while we certainly don't want you to corpse in the aisles, we certainly do want to entertain you on 25, 26 and 27 November at the Elizabeth Hall.

Cast

Ros Shepherd Mildred
Kirsty Skilton Dorothy
Warwick Howe Bunting
Brian Starman Colonel Charles Craddock
Lesley Morrison Margaret Craddock
Craig Daniels Pierre Marceau
Sophia McCann Elizabeth Hartley-Trumpington
Wilma Jordan Joan Maple
Graeme Cooper Inspector Pratt
Chris Hoult Constable Thompkins

Production team

Ann Grigg Stage and set
Charlie Mansfield Stage and set
John McDonagh Stage and set
Sofi Curtis Perez de Guzman Assistant Director
Sue Morris Stage and set