Notes from a Murder

Well it’s been a couple of weeks since last I hunched over keyboard and during that time it looks like the summer might finally have arrived- though I hardly noticed it whilst awash in the Lake District last week! And that means we are on the run up to our July production. As you may know I am currently booming regally in Tudor England in my histrionic adventures elsewhere so it was nice to come back to St Francis and get an update and insight into ‘Murder Deferred’ which will be going up in exactly a months time on the 4th, 5th and 6th July. Helmed by Annie Norris with the assistance of Vicky Pierce the play is certainly taking shape and seems set to prove something of a whodunnit that will keep audiences guessing til the lights finally go down. In fact I am kicking myself a little bit as I have become a victim to huge ‘spoilers’. Oh well. What I can say is that it’s a good old fashioned character driven murder mystery which we have not had on the Matchbox stage for quite some time. Indeed the last I can remember was ‘Night Must Fall’ which certainly was a long old time ago.

I took a few pictures, though do excuse the fidelity of some, the camera phone is not the best for these kind of jobs, and hopefully they will give a wee insight as to what’s to come. Unfortunately absent from the rehearsal yesternight were Joan Evans and our new boy Charles Langdon, making his debut performance, but as we get nearer curtain up I hope to slip out of my codpiece and tights ( to speak) and return again to take a few more photos. There is still clearly a lot to do, as is customary with any play at this stage- lines to be learnt, details to be ironed out, but this looks set to be another great evening of local theatre. Flyers will be on their way shortly with booking details and this information will be published on the official website,, in the very near future. I look forward to seeing some of you there.

Til next time, when i hope to be back with a wee bit more nostalgia.


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