The Phoenix Players, winners of the 2015 Pride of Stratford Award for Arts Organisation of the Year, will be staging their next production ‘Agatha Crusty and the Village Hall Murders’ from 20th to 23rd May at The Bear Pit Theatre, Rother Street, Stratford upon Avon.
Agatha Crusty (pronounced Croosty) is a celebrated crime novelist who has been invited by her sister in law Alice to spend a few days with her. On arrival she finds there have been a number of unexplained deaths and soon gets caught up in the investigation being conducted by the incompetent Detective Inspector Twigg. As the members of the village hall committee are bumped off one by one, motives and theories abound but Agatha examines the evidence until we reach the inevitable ‘the murderer is someone in this room’ moment!
The play is packed full of wit and very funny scenes, with character names that lead to such tongue twisting lines as “Isn’t it true you refused to let Carrie marry Barry, Harry?”! But this is also a genuine murder mystery with an ingenious plot which will tax the grey cells of the audience who will be invited to say whodunit in a first half competition.
“We’re all really looking forward to this production, our first in The Bear Pit Theatre and also since winning the Pride of Stratford award” said Fiona Robson, Chair of the Phoenix Players, also playing Eleanor – Chair of the Village Hall committee “We all love doing a farce and this is one of the best. Even the author, Derek Webb, will be travelling to see the production so no pressure on the cast then!”