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The Affairs At Meddler's Top by Richard Coleman
RolesMinimum Male roles = 11. Minimum Female roles = 7. Minimum total with doubling = 18. Minimum total without doubling = 18. No chorus.
Run TimeAround 75 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleA hilarious comic spoof of a murder mystery, set in the 1920s. (Two acts - but relatively short.)
SynopsisA country house weekend is organised with a view to trapping a thief. Various tangled affairs are revealed, leading up to a murder.
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The Amateur Killer by Robert Scott
RolesMinimum Male roles = 3. Minimum Female roles = 4. Minimum total with doubling = 9. Minimum total without doubling = 9. No chorus.
Run TimeAround 102 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleA full length murder mystery thriller with multiple endings.
SynopsisTheatre director Daniel is letting his personal history with Lucas affect their relationship as he directs the production of Adieu in the local Dramatic Society. But it’s his knowledge of Lucas’ affair with Natalie that will lead to murder.
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Any Colour But Red by David Pemberton
RolesMinimum Male roles = 7. Minimum Female roles = 6. Minimum total with doubling = 14. Minimum total without doubling = 15. No chorus. Fourteen on-stage characters (including a detective written male, but playable by either gender) and an offstage female voice.
Run TimeAround 60 minutes. [Estimated!] The original production took 50 minutes.
MusicNone.
StyleComedy whodunnit with adult themes. Two almost identical kitchen sets!
SynopsisWhen Jim and Jani hold an Open Morning to sell their house, a mix-up in arrangements sends them some extremely unusual prospective buyers, some with bizarre expectations. Twenty-four hours later, the house has become a crime scene and the police need the help of the neighbours, Fred and Molly.
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Being of Sound Mind by Andrew Hull
RolesMinimum Male roles = 4. Minimum Female roles = 3. Minimum total with doubling = 7. Minimum total without doubling = 8. No chorus. (One character is - deliberately - uncredited in the script.)
Run TimeAround 140 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleFull-length murder mystery. Single set.
SynopsisEdward Goodchild has died, and the will is read. Penny and Stephen are hoping for cash. Rebecca wants the truth about her sister's death. Martin is surprised to be there, but to get a single penny, they must first survive a night in the house.
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Bye Bye Miss Amelia Pye by Patricia Gay
RolesMinimum Male roles = 6. Minimum Female roles = 5. Minimum total with doubling = 8. Minimum total without doubling = 11. No chorus. Three characters are portrayed in both 1959 and 2009.
Run TimeAround 94 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleA full length detective thriller with a single simple setting. Action slips between 2009 and 1959.
SynopsisIn 1959, in the remote Longmoor Manor, a young girl called Amelia Pye was found murdered. Arthur Pye, an ex-commando turned communist was the prime suspect. However, his guilt was never proven. In 2009 the long-married Charlotte and Edward Colville play host to the obnoxious Selena Harper and her mollycoddled son Hadley. Hadley, with his unhealthy fascination with murder, fancies himself as an amateur sleuth, and sets out to solve the mystery.
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Corner's Last Case by Martin Ward
RolesMinimum Male roles = 4. Minimum Female roles = 3. Minimum total with doubling = 7. Minimum total without doubling = 7. No chorus.
Run TimeAround 66 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleA comedy whodunnit in two short acts. (In length it's on the boundary between a one-act play and a full-length play.) Three remarkably similar office sets.
SynopsisThe legendary, brilliant Inspector Corner is not only up against the dastardly Butcher of Baker Street but also has to contend with his superior the mysterious Superintendent Marsha Mallow. This jolly ripping yarn sees the Inspector solve more than just the murder of Sir Newell Post as he comes up against the Russian Mafia in the shape of the Sodov brothers (one of whom is female).
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Death in a Most Peculiar Manor by Roger Mathewson
RolesMinimum Male roles = 7. Minimum Female roles = 3. Minimum total with doubling = 10. Minimum total without doubling = 10. No chorus.
Run TimeAround 150 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleFull-length murder mystery play. Single box set - the classic domestic set, complete with French windows. Contains mild swearing.
SynopsisOld, right-wing Sir Edwin teagle-Bland is furious with his son for being thrown out of college and worried his wife will find out he's planning to sell off part of the estate to make a golf course. When he's killed in his own gun room, most people assume it's suicide, but there's much more than meets the eye.
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The Death on the Smug Juggler by Richard Coleman
RolesMinimum Male roles = 9. Minimum Female roles = 6. Minimum total with doubling = 17. Minimum total without doubling = 18. No chorus. One of the female characters is optional (with only a brief appearance for the first scene). If this character is dropped then alternative dialogue is provided in the Producer's copy of the script.
Run TimeAround 90 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleClassical 'Whodunnit' - a closed environment, a murder and lots of motives - as a full-length play. Single main set plus front-of-gauze scenes. Simple props.
SynopsisTheodore Shimmer is a businessman, smuggler, blackmailer and crook - a man who easily attracts enemies - and many of them seem to have been invited onto 'The Smug Juggler' for a Nile cruise. There's the fading film-star, the debt-ridden gambler, the dodgy doctor and the business rival. No surprise, then, that Theodore Shimmer is found dead. However, the manner of his death is more of a surprise. (Fans of this genre will be led to thinking that they are witnessing a cross between 'Death on the Nile' and 'Murder on the Orient Express' - only to be taken in by the author's cunning plot twist!)
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A Fete Worse Than Death by Richard James
RolesMinimum Male roles = 4. Minimum Female roles = 3. Minimum total with doubling = 7. Minimum total without doubling = 7. No chorus.
Run TimeAround 95 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleFull-length comic murder mystery. (The comedy comes from situation and character. The murder mystery is handled seriously.) Single simple set - a marquee at a village fete! Contains a small amount of mild swearing. (And a murder.)
SynopsisActor Ray Martin is opening the village fete, playing on his fame as TV's Inspector Brady. Little does he know that ambition, infidelity and marrow envy will lead to murder, and he'll be left to solve the murder - without a script!
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Fishing for Clues by Geoff Bamber
RolesMinimum Male roles = 5. Minimum Female roles = 5. Minimum total with doubling = 10. Minimum total without doubling = 11. No chorus. As written, there are six men and five women, but two of the men are identical twins, and since very few acting companies are blessed with such a pairing, the characters are assumed to be played by one chap.
Run TimeAround 120 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleFull-length, wryly comic whodunnit. Single country house set. Contains mild swearing and hanky-panky.
SynopsisWhen Lady Rosemary Huntley brings a new gentleman friend home on the evening of a talk given by prominent Member of Parliament, Ewart Stewart, little does she imagine that the gentleman friend is not long for this world and that the Foreign Office and some offshoot of the KGB will soon be in attendance, along with the ever-enthusiastic PC Pendlebury and the less than enthusiastic Inspector Trench, unimpressed by having his fishing holiday interrupted. Trench is determined to get back to the river bank as soon as possible despite finding himself having to sort through a diverse cast of characters all of whom had motives for committing the deadly deed.
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