Comedy, drama, and murder – this play has it all! Murdered to Death by Peter Gordon is an absolute must-see for anyone who enjoys detective dramas, particularly fans of Agatha Christie. Directed by Owain Jones, this Network Theatre Production is as gripping as it is hilarious. The show will run for four performances from the 17th–20th of May at the Network Theatre (make sure you give yourself plenty of time to find the theatre beforehand, as it is notoriously difficult to locate, but believe me it’s worth the journey once you get there!) 

This play’s incredible ensemble makes it almost impossible to pick a favourite, as each of these characters, despite being so different, complement each other marvellously. The show is set in a country manor house in the 1930s, where Mildred, her niece Dorothy, and butler Bunting await the arrival of their guests, but, as I’m sure you can imagine, once everyone has arrived and settled into the house, someone is murdered and a classic ‘whodunnit’ ensues. With this comes the arrival of Inspector Pratt, a hilariously incompetent yet stubborn detective, and Constable Thomkins, the much more level-headed of the duo. And of course, one cannot forget Joan Maple, who counts herself ‘unlucky’ for the fact that whenever she goes anywhere, murder always seems to follow her (much like Christie’s iconic Miss Marple). This gives Maple a deliciously calm demeanour about death, delivered excellently by Jennie Rich – she delivers the news of a murder in the same manner as if she was simply asking if you wanted a cup of tea. 

Everyone in this cast is excellent. A particular shoutout must go to Lio Lylark as Inspector Pratt, as their comedic timing is nothing short of impeccable, particularly balanced by the calm and logical demeanour of Jess McGivern as Constable Thomkins. This pair are absolutely hysterical to watch! Another highlight is the character of Bunting, played by Frederick Johnson, whose completely oblivious nature always managed to catch me off guard, for instance, when he would announce himself to the room but leave the guests behind. Again, Johnson’s comic timing is amazing. The entire cast is incredible, also starring Moira Cane, Daniella Harrison, Kate Hannam, Will Stotton, Lorna Miri, and Liam McMahon. There is great energy in this ensemble, and I could talk at length about moments in the play that had me in stitches, but alas I don’t want to give away the plot! 

It’s also important to point out that this is the Network’s first fully open-captioned show, thanks to the producer and caption programmer KC Lylark and captioner Audrey Guillois. It’s crucial for theatre to be made more accessible to all audiences, and I really appreciated the ability to follow along with the script while the show was happening. They did a brilliant job and I hope that more theatres see this and implement the same technology into their shows. Overall, I can’t recommend this show enough, and I encourage everyone to grab a ticket to Murdered to Death at the Network Theatre this May.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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