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Audience To Help Solve Who Killed The Lord Of The Manor
There is murder afoot in the tranquil village of Bloodford - and you, the audience, has to help solve it. That is the basis of an interactive crime drama, appropriately called Murder In Bloodford Viillage, which is coming to the Lichfield Garrick theatre in Staffordshire over the course of the August Bank Holiday weekend. The story is the brainchild of the Big Adventures Theatre Company which has created a separate 'murder mysteries' section that involves its professional actors performing the most heinous of crimes which the audience then has to help unravel.

Murder In Bloodford Village
Help solve the 'Murder In Bloodford Village'

In this particular offering, the peaceful nature of Bloodford is suddenly shattered by the death of millionaire resident Charles Van Mortem who is found strangled to death with his own telephone cord whilst hosting a school reunion in his beloved Bloodford Manor. The list of possible murder suspects are then gradually introduced to the audience, among them Charles's wife, Olivia, local newspaper reporter Danny Fox, the timid Reverend Chaste, and even a cabaret singing duo, with the suspicious sounding names of Errol and Stella De'Ath. Lichfield Garrick plays host to Murder In Bloodford Village from Friday 25 August to Monday 28 August, with the main stage transformed into Bloodford Village for the occasion.

Tim Brooke-Taylor
Big Adventures patron Tim Brooke-Taylor. By Ed g2s - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,

Big Adventures, whose patrons include comedy actor Tim Brooke-Taylor of The Goodies and I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again fame, is currently celebrating its 20th anniversary, having been established in 1997 before developing into one of Derbyshire's leading independent theatre companies. It has been in residency at the Robert Ludlam Theatre in Derby for many years but recently moved its headquarters to a local school. Big Adventures has built a reputation for producing quality drama for all kinds of events, with its murder mystery events commencing some 17 years ago. In addition, the company helps to develop drama for young people through its own youth theatre.

Lichfield Garrick
Lichfield Garrick plays host to a murder mystery

Murder In Bloodford Village takes place at the Lichfield Garrick theatre from Friday 25 August to Monday 28 August, with performances starting at 7.30pm. Tickets are priced at 44 each which includes a picnic courtesy of local chef Simon Smith, which forms part of the annual Lichfield Food Festival. For more information, or to book tickets, please visit the Garrick theatre online or call the Box Office on 01543 412121. Audiences are reminded to arrive early in order to take part in a pre-show summer fete ahead of the main attraction.
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Why? Theatre Audience Invited To Solve Murder Mystery
When: 25 - 28 August 2017
Phone: 01543 412121
Where: Lichfield Garrick, Castle Dyke, Lichfield WS13 6HR
Cost: Tickets £44 including picnic
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