Orange Theatre Company asks ‘who dunnit?’ in latest production

SINISTER PLOT: Geoff Dwight as Bunting the butler and Lindsay Punch as Mildred Bagshot in Murdered to Death.
SINISTER PLOT: Geoff Dwight as Bunting the butler and Lindsay Punch as Mildred Bagshot in Murdered to Death.

THINK Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple crossed with the Cluedo board game and you might get something like Orange Theatre Company’s latest production.

The company will present Murdered to Death, a play by British playwright Peter Gordon, from July 27-30.

The play follows the inept and bungling Inspector Pratt as he tries to solve a murder in the home of Mildred Bagshot. 

Director Jeff Townsend said the mix would be further complicated by a French art dealer, Pierre, and his high-society partner, Elizabeth, who were in fact con artists trying to take more money from Mildred. 

It’s the first time the theatre company has done a roundtable in the past 10 years.

Jeff Townsend

“It’s going really well – now that the scripts are down, the slapstick is really happening and Greg [Pringle, who plays Insp Pratt], is a natural at slapstick,” he said.

The play will be staged inside Orange Civic Centre’s lobby in a roundtable format.

“It’s the first time the theatre company has done a roundtable in the past 10 years, so it’s a faith step from that perspective,” he said. 

The event is BYO food, however hampers from Groundstone Cafe can be ordered through Ticketek with ticket purchases.