They Call It Murder

by  Bettine Manktelow

Full Length Play, Drama  /  3m, 4f

Despite his lowly origins Mr Dalrymple has done well, and now that he is elderly and ailing speculation inevitably arises as to the disposal of his money among his three granddaughters. One, Peggy, neurotic and inhibited, is driven to take drastic st…

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They Call It Murder

by  Bettine Manktelow

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 4f
  • Duration


    105 Minutes
  • SubGenre


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  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

THEY CALL IT MURDER by Bettine Manktelow.   One set, two exits, one window.  Living-cum-dining room.   Poorly furnished.
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Performing Groups

  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Senior Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups


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License details

  • Minimum Fee: £55 per performance plus VAT when applicable.



  • Time Period: Contemporary, 1970s
  • Duration: 105 Minutes
  • Setting: A living-room, comfortable but shabby.  Two doors, one window.
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes


  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)


3m, 4f

Peggy Strange:  3s, a bank clerk and the elder sister of the three.  Good looking but quietly dressed, has a worried, preoccupied air.  She is mature beyond her years.

Babs Strange:  20s.  a nurse, the middle sister, a happy hedonist, attractive, extravert and good-humoured.

Julie Strange:   18.  the youngest sister, pretty and clever, on her way to university.

Howard Pierce:   Peggy's fiancee, 30-40.  Amiable and easy-going. 

Julian Fudge:    A male nurse, personality plus,  effeminate and sinister.  late 20s.

Mrs Moore:  The home-help and neighbour.  Warm-hearted,kind and gossipy.  50s

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Cast Attributes

  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)




Bettine Manktelow

Bettine Manktelow was born Bettine Stratton in Gillingham in Kent, and is the middle daughter of three.She became stage-struck at an early age andworked in a repertory company atChatham Theatre Royalat the age of sixteen as an assistant stage-manager, learning stage craft from the bottom up and graduating to acting par ...

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First presented by Howard Theatre Productions at the Leas Pavilion, Folkestone, Kent in July 1976

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