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A Turn for the Nurse: Saturday 9 December - NOW ON SALE!!

Professor Herbert Fortescue has problems – serious problems. His funding has been cut, his secret trials haven’t produced the results he was hoping for, and now a patient has escaped. Worse still, his terrifying ex-wife is back on the scene. Fortunately, Herbert has a cunning plan. Unfortunately, he’s also about to discover that revenge is a dish best served cold …

THINK: Silent Witness meets Bedroom Farce

FANCY DRESS OPTION: Doctors & Nurses!

NUMBER OF ACTORS: 4

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Cinderella: A Murder Mystery! New Year’s Eve - SOLD OUT!!

The Church Rushton Amateur Performing Society has run out of cash. Luckily, celebrity ventriloquist Norman Fiddles has ridden to the rescue with his own version of “Cinderella”. So, with an unhinged professional director at the helm, Norman as the Fairy Godmother, and one actor playing both Ugly Sisters, Church Rushton’s finest thespians prepare to gamble everything on a production of “Cinderella” that goes very, very wrong …

THINK: A Midsummer Night’s Dream meets Die Hard

FANCY DRESS OPTION: Pantomania!

NUMBER OF ACTORS: 6

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Burying the Hatchet

After their last business venture went belly-up in spectacular fashion, Dragon’s Den winners John and Caroline have patched up their differences and opened a gourmet restaurant in the heart of sunny Wiltshire. Tonight, they’re throwing a special gala evening to celebrate their first Michelin star. What they’re not counting on is the arrival of a Public Health Inspector …

THINK: Fawlty Towers meets ’Allo ’Allo

FANCY DRESS OPTION: The Swinging Sixties!

NUMBER OF ACTORS: 4

Royal Blood

It is the autumn of 1882, and the famous actress Lillie Langtry has invited the cream of theatrical high society to celebrate her forthcoming departure for America. But Lillie isn’t counting on the arrival of royalty, the eruption of scandal, and a particularly intriguing blast from the past … So begins a thrilling Victorian black comedy of divas, dilemmas, and dramatic exits.

THINK: Dangerous Liaisons meets Dead Again

FANCY DRESS OPTION: Your Favourite Historical Character!

NUMBER OF ACTORS: 4

 

Bell, Book & Scandal

The year is 1924. Dame Fanny Rackham is the greatest classical actress of her generation; her son Freddy is the greatest magician of his. Tonight, you’ve been invited to a double celebration: Dame Fanny’s sixtieth birthday, and an exclusive performance of Freddy’s dazzling new show. Also present are Freddy’s glamorous assistant, Flora; his embittered twin, Fergus; and Dame Fanny’s husband, Ferdinand – who died seven months ago …

THINK: The Prestige meets Theatre of Blood

FANCY DRESS OPTION: The Roaring Twenties!

NUMBER OF ACTORS: 4

Malice Through the Looking Glass

A year to the day after Alice was crowned Queen of Wonderland, all hell has broken loose across the Kingdom – the White Queen is on the rampage, Tweedle Dum isn’t speaking to Tweedle Dee, and Humpty Dumpty is behaving very strangely. Worse still, Alice has just discovered a dastardly plot to put the Red Queen back on the throne …

THINK: Game of Thrones meets Jilly Cooper

FANCY DRESS OPTION: Your Favourite “Alice” Character!

NUMBER OF ACTORS: 5

 

PLEASE NOTE: Malice in Wonderland and Malice Through the Looking Glass are not the same plot. They’re both standalone events, and you don’t have to have seen one to enjoy the other!

Malice in Wonderland

The King of Hearts is dead; the Queen is missing; and the Duchess rules Wonderland. On the first anniversary of the King’s death, the Mad Hatter, the March Hare, Alice and the White Rabbit come together to pay their respects to the great man – and find out what’s in his will. So begins a riotous black comedy of desperate measures, double-dealing and dodgy DNA tests. Not to mention Lewis Carroll’s best loved characters … as you’ve never seen them before.

THINK: Alice in Wonderland meets The Rocky Horror Show

FANCY DRESS OPTION: Your Favourite “Alice” Character!

NUMBER OF ACTORS: 6

PLEASE NOTE: Malice in Wonderland and Malice Through the Looking Glass are not the same plot. They’re both standalone events, and you don’t have to have seen one to enjoy the other!

Back with a Vengeance

Seven years ago tonight, the beautiful Cordelia Brittain tragically drowned at Strangeways Manor – whilst skinny-dipping on her hen night. A week later, her fiancé married her twin sister. Now, intrepid celebrity ghosthunter Dave Dobbs has brought his TV team to Strangeways, hoping to make contact with the other side. Enter an unscrupulous medium, a vengeful spirit, and a misdirected invitation to a Tarts & Vicars party.

THINK: The Blair Witch Project meets The Pink Panther

FANCY DRESS OPTION: Tarts & Vicars!

NUMBER OF ACTORS: 5

VIDEO TRAILER: click here

PLEASE NOTE: this event requires a swimming pool …

Ancestral Vices

A celebrated novelist is dead. His head is missing, his bank account is empty, and his macabre thrillers have a nasty habit of coming true. But who killed him? Was it his fiancée, his lover, his father, his butler, or his foul-mouthed cook? His homeopath, his confessor, his fiercest rival, or his hypnotherapist – who only speaks in rhyming verse? In this classic Agatha Christie-esque black comedy, you get to play the most unusual suspects ever assembled, whilst two brave detectives attempt to uncover the truth, however shocking it may be …

THINK: The Mousetrap meets The Comedy of Errors

FANCY DRESS OPTION: The Roaring Twenties!

PERFECT FOR: private events of about 10-20 guests

NUMBER OF ACTORS: 1

Swine of Passion

For several decades, the Peter Irving Gifford School in Gloucestershire has been going nowhere fast. Now, under inspirational new leadership, this once shameful establishment is to become the Gloucester Old Spot Academy for Girls. All that’s needed is the small matter of thirty million pounds. As luck would have it, eccentric local pig-breeder Sir Hamish St. John Hattersley has come up with the cash. As luck wouldn’t have it, Sir Hamish’s generosity is about to prove spectacularly misplaced.

THINK: St. Trinian’s meets The Italian Job

FANCY DRESS OPTION: St. Trinian’s!

NUMBER OF ACTORS: 6

Where There’s a Pill There’s a Way: hen party special

Star “party planner” Roxie Powell is thrilled to be organising her best friend’s big night. But forgive and forget has never been Roxie’s motto. Especially since the absent and unsuspecting groom was once unwise enough to rebuff Roxie’s advances. So tonight is Roxie’s last chance to win the man of her dreams – all she has to do is get rid of the bride. Enter Roxie’s most outrageous friends, her long-suffering manager, and a teetotal stripper trying to make a new start in life.

THINK: Cherry Falls meets Dirty Dancing

FANCY DRESS OPTION: Tarts & Vicars!

NUMBER OF ACTORS: 4

PLEASE NOTE: Roxie’s parties can get very raucous …

Bone of Contention: hen party special

The dashing young novelist Dicky Clifford is dead – and his two most distinguishing features are missing. But who killed him? Could it have been the nurse who found him, the local lady of the night who debauched him, or a highly irregular occupant of the nearest nunnery? Could it have been the novelist who blackmailed him, the actress who betrayed him, or the psychic who inspired him? Could it even have been his gorgeous fiancée? In this hilarious Agatha Christie-esque black comedy, two brave detectives try to work out “whodunit”, and you get to play the suspects!

THINK: And Then There Were None meets Fawlty Towers

FANCY DRESS OPTION: The Roaring Twenties!

PERFECT FOR: groups of about 8-20 guests, all of whom get to play starring roles!

NUMBER OF ACTORS: 2

Vicars in a Twist: hen party special

Lionel Lampson, the Archbishop of Berwick, is so hip it hurts. He also has a cunning plan. All he has to do is persuade his most cantankerous colleagues to go on a bonding weekend with a party of irresistible lady vicars. Brian Bellowes isn’t happy; Gerald Jones is positively furious; and Cynthia Stanley-Hodges is about to discover what Lionel’s really up to. So begins a farcical comedy of bad manners, broken promises, and misplaced dog-collars.

THINK: Sister Act meets Up Pompeii

FANCY DRESS OPTION: Tarts & Vicars!

NUMBER OF ACTORS: 4

Criminal Justice

Percy Strange MP is going places. At least, he will be once his controversial reforms to the criminal justice system make it through Parliament. What Percy needs is a favourable trial run, sixty reformed crooks, and five million pounds. What he’s about to get is a scandal big enough to bring down the government.

THINK: The Usual Suspects meets The Thick of It

FANCY DRESS OPTION: Reformed Crooks!

NUMBER OF ACTORS: 5

Chapter & Curse

For the last six months, intrepid celebrity ghost-hunter Dave Dobbs has been on the verge of a discovery that will rescue his failing television career. Now, a mysterious tip-off has brought Dave and his long-suffering production team to an apparently haunted hotel. What Dave isn’t prepared for is the unexpected arrival of a reclusive novelist, whose macabre short stories have a nasty habit of coming true …

THINK: A Fish Called Wanda meets Get Shorty

FANCY DRESS OPTION: The Occult!

NUMBER OF ACTORS: 5

Stiff Competition

Take one elite sports science company. Add several hundred under-performing athletes and three-dozen out-of-shape celebrities. Mix in an unscrupulous biochemist, a Daily Mail journalist, and two thousand doses of a dodgy Viagra-substitute. Result? Performances that are out of this world, and a scandal that’s out of control.

THINK: Chariots of Fire meets Porkies

FANCY DRESS OPTION: Surgically Enhanced Celebrities!

NUMBER OF ACTORS: 4

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS: click here

For Whom the Bells Toll

The local Morris Dancing society shouldn’t have called themselves “Dead Ringers”. Nor should they be holding tonight’s AGM in a haunted house. Now, their libidinous chairman is trying to get his leg over, his ex-wife is trying to get her own back, and it hasn’t occurred to anyone to wonder why there are five coffins in the basement. So begins a riotous comedy of vampires, werewolves, and dancing with bells on.

THINK: Being Human meets Carry On Up the Khyber

FANCY DRESS OPTION: Your Inner Morris Dancer!

NUMBER OF ACTORS: 4

A Study in Fuchsia

Sir Montague Montgomery is presiding over a top-secret recruitment retreat to find MI5’s next master criminal profiler (codename Sherlock Holmes). Cue a wicked blend of farce, horror and satire as Monty and Sherlock struggle to see off an outraged priest, a possessed medium, a determined dominatrix, and a journalist with the scent of scandal in her nostrils.

THINK: Sherlock meets Interview with the Vampire

FANCY DRESS OPTION: Undercover Agents!

NUMBER OF ACTORS: 5

Ghost from a Perfect Place

A controversial historian and a dazzling psychic have invited you to witness a revelation that will change our understanding of the supernatural forever. As the clock strikes ten, we turn a page in the book of human history – live on air. For the almost-famous ghosthunter Dave Dobbs, this might be the coup that saves cult TV series “Dave Goes Ghost Hunting” from the scrap heap. Enter (uninvited) a jilted lover, an angry reverend, and the local mayor – who hasn’t had a drink since 1996.

THINK: Scream meets Fatal Attraction

FANCY DRESS OPTION: Angels & Demons!

NUMBER OF ACTORS: 6

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS: click here

The Crack of Dawn: stag party special

Back in 90s, Immaculate Conception were the most famous burlesque dancers in town. Twenty years on, the girls are out of love, out of luck, and out of pocket. So they’ve decided to get back together. Just one problem: no one’s interested. Luckily, their unscrupulous manager Jonny Dingle has lined up a surprise appearance at a celebrity stag night.

THINK: The X-Factor meets Indecent Proposal

FANCY DRESS OPTION: Ageing Groupies!

NUMBER OF ACTORS: 4

AGE LIMIT: Strictly 18+