Curtain Up on Murder
Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy / 3m, 5f
An amateur theatre company is rehearsing in the theatre at the end of the pier. Storms rage overhead and the doors are locked — they are trapped! Then a mysterious, ghostly presence passes across the stage, and when the Assistant Stage Manager falls to certain death through a trapdoor, the remaining…
Reviews.."this skilfully written piece of suspence..." East Kent Mercury
‘Curtain up on Murder’ was written by Bettine Manktelow in 1997. Manktelow, who has lived for years in Kent in SE England, has written around 30 crime/comedies. This wonderful production is being presented by the Ellenbrook Theatre Company at the Civic Centre. The play is very well structured, and the playwright’s dialogue superb, just the right amount of humour and a few clues being dropped, along with a shoal of red herrings. This is a well-written, piece of fun and suspense, presented by a friendly team and talented cast. Try to catch it. - Gordon The Optom
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- Minimum Fee: £69 per performance plus VAT when applicable.
- Time Period: Contemporary
- Duration: 90 minutes
- Setting: An empty stage with part of a set in the process of being built.
- Additional Features: Not Applicable
- Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
- Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
- Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
- Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)
Linda: attractive, smart, capable. 20s
Ginny: earnest and naieve. 18
Sandra: Bright and confident. 20s
Harry: The caretaker, a garrulous old boy.
Alex: attractive, conceited, self-interested, the romantic interest. Late 20s
Sylvia: glamorous, the leading lady type, in love with Alex but married to Martin. 35
Martin: self-confident, pompous but charming. 40s
Moppet: messy, untidy, sweet, likeable. 50s
Ages of Men (35, 40, elderly), Ages of Women (18, 20, 28, 40, 50s)