Murdered to Death

Dates: 16 – 26 June 2021

Playwright: Peter Gordon

Director: Marion Rosner

Synopsis

Murdered to Death is the first in the Inspector Pratt trilogy of spoofs by
Peter Gordon, of the Agatha Christie genre, with a dash of Clouseau
thrown in for good measure.

It is set in a 1930s English manor house, and introduces the inept
and bungling Inspector Pratt, who battles against the odds and his
own incompetence to solve the murder of the house’s owner. It soon
becomes clear that the murderer isn’t finished yet – will the miscreant be
unmasked before everyone else has met their doom?


Cast

ActorCharacter
Craig HaywoodInspector Pratt
L. Renée BeauchampMildred Bagshot
Dom WareDorothy Foxton
Simon DotriceBunting
Fiona PopertMargaret Craddock
Alister WilliamsColonel Charles Craddock
Elien LewisElizabeth Hartley-Trumpington
Blair McLeanPierre Marceau
Sally RatchfordJoan Maple
Kieran TimmsConstable Thomkins

Crew

DirectorMarion Rosner
Production ManagerMarion Rosner
Stage ManagerNatalie Plowman
WardrobeSue Miller, Kythie Morris
PropsSue Mortimer
PromptSandy Werner
Lighting and sound designMarion Rosner, Benjamin Forrest
Lighting operationBenjamin Forrest
Sound operationBenjamin Forrest
Set designSue Mortimer
Set buildBruce Cannell, Ross Miller
Set paintSue Mortimer
PhotographyAdam Rosner
Original artwork and Graphic DesignBlair McLean
PublicityMarion Rosner

Photos

Our lovely cast! L to R, back row: Kieran Timms (Constable Thomkins), Craig Haywood (Inspector Pratt), Simon Dotrice (Bunting), Alister Williams (Colonel Charles Craddock), Blair McLean (Pierre Marceau). L tp R, front row: L. Renée Beauchamp (Mildred Bagshot), Elien Lewis (Elizabeth Hartley-Trumpington), Sally Ratchford (Joan Maple), Fiona Popert (Margaret Craddock), Dom Ware (Dorothy Foxton).
The cast and director. L to R, back row: Kieran Timms, Craig Haywood, Simon Dotrice, Alister Williams, Blair McLean. L to R, middle row, seated on sofa: Elien Lewis, Sally Ratchford, Fiona Popert. L to R, front row, seated on floor: L. Renée Beauchamp, Marion Rosner (Director), Dom Ware.
The cast in costume. L to R, back row: Kieran Timms as Constable Thomkins, Craig Haywood as Inspector Pratt, Alister Williams as Colonel Charles Craddocks, Simon Dotrice as Bunting, Blair McLean as Pierre Marceau, Dom Ware as Dorothy Foxton. L to R, front row: Sally Ratchford as Joan Maple, Elien Lewis as Elizabeth Hartley-Trumpington, Fiona Popert as Margaret Craddock, L. Renée Beauchamp as Mildred Bagshot.

Pratt and his radiant intelligence…
Craig Haywood as Inspector Pratt.
Uh oh! Who is Bunting point a gun at, and why? Is Margaret Craddock in cahoots with him, or just an innocent bystander?
L to R: Simon Dotrice as Bunting the Butler, Fiona Popert as Margaret Craddock.
O mon dieu! Qu’est-ce qui se passe?! Wat is ‘appening?! Constable Thomkins is taking Pierre Marceau in hand for potential wrong-doings.
L to R: Kieran Timms as Constable Thomkins, Blair McLean as Pierre Marceau.
Logs, ma’am! Careful with that axe, Bunting.
L to R: Simon Dotrice as Bunting, L. Renée Beauchamp as Mildred Bagshot.
Colonel Charles Craddock is trying to figure out why his sherry glass always seems to be empty…
Alister Williams as Colonel Charles Craddock.
What is Dorothy going to pluck out of her handbag that is terrifying Inspector Pratt to such an extent?!
L to R: Dom Ware as Dorothy Foxton, Craig Haywood as Inspector Pratt.
Margaret tries to pull the wool over Joan’s and her husband Charles’ eyes.
L to R: Sally Ratchford as Joan Maple, Fiona Popert as Margaret Craddock, Alister Williams as Colonel Charles Craddock.
Elizabeth keeps an eye on the hall as Pierre gets up to no good with Dorothy.
L to R: Elien Lewis as Elizabeth Hartley-Trumpington, Blair McLean as Pierre Marceau, Dom Ware as Dorothy Foxton.
Charles is quite enamoured by the glamourous Elizabeth.
L to R: Alister Williams as Colonel Charles Craddock, Elien Lewis as Elizabeth Hartley-Trumpington.
Hmm! There appears to be a young upstart in the form of Constable Thompson. Or is it Thomkins? Pratt is confused! (no surprises there)
L to R: Craig Haywood as Inspector Pratt, Kieran Timms as Constable Thomkins.
Charles isn’t quite sure what to make of Mildred’s advances!
L to R: Alister Williams as Colonel Charles Craddock, L. Renée Beauchamp as Mildred Bagshot.
Pratt is having trouble coming to grips with modern technology.
L to R: Sally Ratchford as Joan Maple, Craig Haywood as Inspector Pratt.
Looks like the game’s up!
L to R: Elien Lewis as Elizabeth Hartley-Trumpington, Alister Williams as Colonel Charles Craddock.
A bit of an altercation.
L to R: Dom Ware as Dorothy Foxton, Blair McLean as Pierre Marceau.
“Was it obvious to any of you that this elephant has recently been roasted?” Pratt grills Joan.
L to R: Sally Ratchford as Joan Maple, Craig Haywood as Inspector Pratt.
Charles tries to explain the situation to Pratt, with limited success.
L to R: Elien Lewis as Elizabeth Hartley-Trumpington, Fiona Popert as Margaret Craddock, Alister Williams as Colonel Charles Craddock, Craig Haywood as Inspector Pratt.
Looks like Mildred might be in a spot of bother here. Whose gloved hand is holding that gun pointed at her?
L. Renée Beauchamp as Mildred Bagshot.
What has Charles done to invoke Margaret’s ire?
L to R: Fiona Popert as Margaret Craddock, Alister Williams as Colonel Charles Craddock.
Elizabeth has caught Inspector Pratt’s eye as Dorothy tries to tell him something important.
L to R: Craig Haywood as Inspector Pratt, Dom Ware as Dorothy Foxton, Elien Lewis as Elizabeth Hartley-Trumpington.
Oh dear! Something appears to have upset Margaret, what could it be?! She is comforted by Elizabeth.
L to R: Elien Lewis as Elizabeth Hartley-Trumpington, Fiona Popert as Margaret Craddock.