Smoke & Mirrors plots
A Turn for the Nurse
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 …
Cinderella: A Murder Mystery!
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
Chapter & Curse
It’s 1929, and celebrated erotic novelist Célestine du Bois (aged 88) is about to publish her latest bodice-ripper in the name of her repressed nephew, Hubert. As Célestine’s cantankerous maid, live-in lover and selected admirers gather to see the great woman in action, Célestine’s ten-year-old grandson makes a startling discovery. Cue machinations, merriment and murder …
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.
For Whom the Bells Toll
With the Tories in disarray, Morris Middleton – the Morris Dancing MP – is about to launch an audacious leadership bid to become the next Prime Minister. Unfortunately, his husband’s enormous wealth is about to be investigated, the local planning department suspect he’s up to no good, and his tantrum-prone nine-year-old has just been expelled from her elite boarding school. So begins a riotous comedy of deceit, denial, and dancing with bells on.
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.
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.
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.