Members of Shepparton Theatre Arts Group are putting the finishing touches to their next production, Murdered to Death, which opens next month.By John Lewis
Did the butler do it?
Or was it the mysterious Frenchman with the dodgy accent and his tarty assistant?
These burning questions and more will be answered in Shepparton Theatre Arts Group’s latest production, Murdered to Death, which takes to the stage at Mooroopna Hall next month.
Play director Dale Roberts said she hoped the comedy would provide some light relief during serious times.
‘‘This will be a relaxing, fun night out. Nobody has to think too hard with this one — just laugh,’’ Ms Roberts said.
‘‘It will be a great relief from all the serious stuff of the election.’’
The whodunnit spoof, by English playwright Peter Gordon, takes place in a faded 1930s English country manor and introduces a host of characters who could be taken from an Agatha Christie novel or an episode of the BBC television series Midsomer Murders.
We meet Colonel Craddock and his wife Margaret, alcoholic butler Bunting, dotty house owner Mildred and her nervous niece Dorothy, the canny Miss Maple, and bumbling (acting) Inspector Pratt with his clever sidekick Constable Thomkins.
Ms Roberts said as in all the best farces there were plenty of pratfalls, a lot of doors opening and closing, and nobody was quite what they seemed.
And just to add to a thickening plot — two characters meet nasty ends.
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