Hilarious whodunnit: Agatha Crusty bound for Billimari

The cast of Agatha Crusty and the Village Hall Murders on stage at Billimari during a recent dress rehearsal.
The cast of Agatha Crusty and the Village Hall Murders on stage at Billimari during a recent dress rehearsal.

Final preparations are underway for the Cowra Musical and Dramatic Society's (M&D) production of 'Agatha Crusty and the Village Hall Murders', which debuts at the Billimari Hall for a three-performance run commencing on Friday, May 3.

Written by Derek Webb, 'Agatha Crusty and the Village Hall Murders' is an hilarious take on the works of the world's best-selling author Agatha Christie.

In this tale of murder and intrigue Agatha Crusty (pronounced Croosty) is a crime novelist. She's also pretty adept at solving crimes.

And when her sister-in-law Alice invites her to spend a few days with her in the village of Chortelby, it's not long before she gets caught up in a series of murders which seem directed at members of the All Saints Village Hall committee.

From Toby - the Vicar and Eleanor - Chair of the hall committee, to Harry Knott the caretaker and identical twins Olivia and Oliver Truscott-Pratt, there are plenty of suspects.

And with an investigating officer as incompetent as D.I. Twigg, there are laughs galore as the murders begin to pile up.

'Agatha Crusty and the Village Hall Murders' features M&D regulars Jenny Friend and Craig Drayton in the roles of Agatha Crusty and Detective Inspector Twigg.

They are joined on stage by:

  • Ernie Burgers
  • Megan Carney
  • Simon Cato
  • Lucy Jones
  • Chris Larkin
  • Richard Neate
  • Heather Ryan
  • Lyndall Ryan
  • Robyn Ryan
  • Ros Ryan, and
  • Judy Lowe in her first M&D production.

Director Jenny Thompson said that the M&D is delighted to bring this hilarious show to Billimari.

"What could be a more appropriate venue for 'Agatha Crusty and the Village Hall Murders' than the iconic Billimari Hall?" Jenny said.

'Agatha Crusty and the Village Hall Murders' opens with dinner shows at 7pm on Friday, May 3 and Saturday, May 4.

Tickets for the dinner shows, which include a two-course meal are $45 for adults and $40 concession.

BYO drinks.

A matinee, featuring a delicious afternoon tea, will be held on Sunday, May 5 commencing at 2pm with tickets priced at $25 for adults and $20 concession.

Tickets can be purchased at the Cowra Community Chest rooms, which are located in the Centre Arcade, Kendal Street on weekdays between 10am and 2pm.

Tickets for the dinner shows must be pre-booked and paid for prior to the show.

No dinner show tickets will be available at the door.

For enquiries please text or phone - 0497 388 827.