Murder is name of the game in new comedy

L-R: Shona Maxwell - Triggs; Maria Hunter - Mrs Puttock; Libby Griffin (seated) - Lady Cholmondley; Mike Copinger - Major Pirbright; Barbara Bone - Pat; Simon Tomlinson - Boris Smolensky; John Armitage (seated) - Mr Papadopoulus.''Image by Arthur Griffin
L-R: Shona Maxwell - Triggs; Maria Hunter - Mrs Puttock; Libby Griffin (seated) - Lady Cholmondley; Mike Copinger - Major Pirbright; Barbara Bone - Pat; Simon Tomlinson - Boris Smolensky; John Armitage (seated) - Mr Papadopoulus.''Image by Arthur Griffin
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Bicester Drama Society will make an eagerly-anticipated return with a production of the comedy Murder in Play on November 1, 2 and 3.

A year ago, the society was set to stage the same play but had to cancel at the last minute following illness and family bereavement among the cast.

Director Libby Griffin said: “It’s a comedy whodunnit. There’s a down-at-heel touring company, and you see them rehearsing and putting on parts of their own play.

“It’s set in the same time as Downton Abbey, with maids, housekeepers and ‘upstairs people’.

“The housekeeper says the wrong things at the wrong time, guns go off, carving knives go missing, and there’s an escaped convict on the loose.”

She added: “The audience was very kind to us last year. We were already in make-up when we were turning people away at the door on the first night.

“It was awful, but we had some lovely messages of support. ‘The show must go on’, is our motto.”

Performances will be held in Bicester Methodist Church Hall in Victoria Road, starting at 7.30pm each night.

Tickets are £8, or £6 for children and senior citizens, and are available from Cole’s Book Shop in Crown Walk, Bicester, or on the door.