21st Oct, 2019

Who dunnit? Foxes our reporter in night for super sleuths at the Palace

Harry Leach 9th Nov, 2018

THE first-ever murder mystery night held at Redditch Palace Theatre was a major hit with ‘local detectives’.

On Wednesday October 31, audience members slipped into the role of Sherlock Homes in an attempt to discover whodunnit.

‘Deadly Diamonds’, one of many stories written and acted-out by Stephan Bessant, owner of Alcester-based company ‘Murder on the Side’, proved to be more than just a grim tale.

It was filled with genuine laughter throughout the 2-hour performance and enough twist-and-turns to keep people guessing right until the end.

Stephan, who played the role of murdered character Ivor, said: “I’ve been doing this for 10 years and I’ve written more than 25 plots.

“We travel all over the UK to perform in theatres, at people’s homes, birthday parties and business events.

“I absolutely love doing it.”

Stephan was joined by Lisa Mckinley, who played estranged lady ‘Widow Dingleberry’, Tamsin Hunt, as the misunderstood ‘Dixie’, and Greg Hobbs as wild-card ‘Silas’.

All of the cast were excellent in their roles and did a fantastic job of making sure the audience was engaged as each scene played out.

Palace Theatre Manager Tim Mackrill said: “This is the first time we’ve ever done a murder mystery night but it turned out to be a great success.

“We are looking forward to holding more nights like this next year.”

To find out more about Murder on the Side head to their website www.murderontheside.co.uk or follow them on Instagram or Twitter using @murderontheside.

Harry Leach


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