MURDER IN THE CHOIR by Jane Page
CAST: 7 WOMEN; 5 MEN
SET: Most scenes are set in a library. One scene is a bare stage.
TECHNICAL: Basic lighting, except for Scene 3, which is spotlighting. Backing music.
APPROX. RUNNING TIME: 45 minutes.
ROYALTY FEE PER PERFORMANCE: £40.00
PRICE OF KINDLE VERSION: £3.00 (Only available through Amazon. Links below)
Yet another delightfully tongue-in-cheek one act murder mystery play from writer Jane Page (creator of The Italian Affair, The Shooting Party and A Fete Worse Than Death). This play was written to be performed at Murder Mystery evenings, with a supper interval and audience challenge to ‘guess the murderer’. However, the script has been edited to allow for the play being just a stand-alone one act play, for a festival or as part of an evening of one act plays.
Set in a fictional village, somewhere in England, it is redolent of Agatha Christie, Dorothy L.Sayers and other writers of the golden era of murder mystery. Not to be taken seriously, always to be enjoyed and definitely to applaud, this one act play is an exercise in fun – and clever, to boot. Miss Prunes’ village choir has been taken over by a Frenchman, M. Dupont – a would-be composer and the toy boy husband of a wealthy older woman. His wife arranges a performance of his new choral work in London and, much to the dismay of everyone in the choir, M. Dupont brings in a new soprano, and re-allocates everyone’s parts. When the new soprano dies unexpectedly, almost everyone is a suspect! How will the local police solve this one?