Comedy mystery comes to life

Murdered To DeathDeben PlayersThe Seckford Theatre, WoodbridgeA RICH aunt, an extra martial affair, a couple of fake paintings, a little old nosey lady and a missing revolver - the plot thickens, or should I say the “thick plotens.

Murdered To Death

Deben Players

The Seckford Theatre, Woodbridge

A RICH aunt, an extra martial affair, a couple of fake paintings, a little old nosey lady and a missing revolver - the plot thickens, or should I say the “thick plotens.”


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A comedy murder mystery set in a frankly boozy country house drawing room, Murdered To Death is an amusing take on an old formula.

The Deben Players have excelled themselves with this production with some lovely timing, some great acting and a show which keeps the audience entertained throughout.

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As suspicion and intrigue surround the bloody murder, the strong and talented cast brought the production to life.

Peggy Branch excelled as Mildred Bagshot and Geoff Jacobs as Bunting the butler deserves a mention for his entertaining performance as the family's “old container”.

With limbs all over the place and a flair for accents Kellyanne Crane was on good form as the devastatingly cutting and posh Elizabeth Hartley - Trumpington..

While George Holmes displayed his undoubted comic talent as the bumbling and malapropism-prone Inspector Pratt

and David Hawkins as sherry loving Charles Craddock and Simon Dodwell as the down trodden PC Thomkins were also enjoyable to watch.

Lavish frocks, a pair of plus fours and a great set - I especially liked the landscapes on the wall - which included what looked like some rather nice antique furniture - added to the period feel of the piece cleverly directed by Peter Wells and written by Peter Gordon.

If you like a spot of murder and like a fun night out and a bit of a giggle this should tickle your fancy.

James Marston.

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