On Saturday November 30th, Peculiar Productions held a murder mystery evening which also doubled as a fundraising event and a launch for their February 2020 show- Norman Robbins’ A Tomb With A View.
Entitled “Blood Money”, the
evening saw eight of the world’s richest people invited to a secluded mansion
with the promise of the deal of a lifetime. However, before the deal can be
revealed, one of the eight is found murdered. The audience were invited to
watch the evidence, cross-examine the remaining suspects, and see if they could
work out whodunnit? If they worked out who the killer
was, they were entered into a draw to win two tickets to see A Tomb With A View
Our audience were quite the sleuths, with
twelve people correctly guessing the identity of the murderer. with Sophie
Griffiths being picked as the winner of the tickets. Congratulations, Sophie!
We also revealed the posters for A Tomb With A View and officially
launched ticket sales.
Physical tickets are available from members
of A Tomb With A View‘s cast and
crew, with online ticketing to follow very shortly.
Proceeds from the evening will go towards
the amount that Peculiar Productions will be donating to our chosen charity for
A Tomb With A View, which is SiMBA
(the Simpson’s Memory Box Appeal)
There’ll be another fundraising event in
January, with details to follow.
Behind the acting, laughter and bravado lies the hard work and efforts of our crew, from set design and lighting/sound effects to costume design and prop design. It’s really important to us to recognise the work everyone puts in off-stage as well as in front of our audience!
We thought we’d take a few moments to talk to Matt Burnett on his efforts with one of the stars of our show, member of the City Watch Detritus…
On The Glorious 25th of May 2019, Peculiar Productions held the Unseen University Challenge, a comprehensive quiz dedicated to Terry Pratchett’s works, and raised £163 for Men at Arms and Nerve Tumours UK.
As well as a quiz held by our quizmaster, Terrance, there was a bake sale and raffle, and event attendees were among the first people to witness the Men at Arms poster and ticket launch, designed by the very talented Kat Orford!
It’s our final Meet the Actor – and that must mean it’s nearly Christmas! We’ve been rehearsing for twelve weeks and showcased twelve actors, who will be spending their Christmas break learning lines between bits of shiny wrapping paper.
Paul, last but not least, is playing the part of Richard Noakes. He has big gardening plans for Sidley Park, much to the chagrin of Lady Croom. He has made appearances in multiple Monstrous Productions’ performances, as well as our first production, ‘The Truth’.
Josh will be taking up the role of Gus Coverly as well as his ancestor, Augustus Coverly, in ‘Arcadia’!
Josh is no stranger to the stage, performing as many a panto villain with St. Peter’s Players, as well as well-received performances in Monstrous Productions’ ‘Going Postal’,‘Guards! Guards!’, ‘The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents’ and in Peculiar’s first production, ‘The Truth’, as Goodmountain the dwarf.
It’s time to get Quizzical for the third Peculiar Quiz! There’ll be some colourful questions, a look back at 2018, and even a round to get you in the festive mood for Christmas! You might need a drink after all of that…
Plus some surprise rounds – but you’ll have to be there to find out more…*.
(*Don’t worry, there isn’t a Sport round. There may be some questions about sport though…)
Teams of up to 5 people, cash prize for the winning team! Don’t have enough for a team? That’s OK – we’ll match you up on the night.
Tony Beard is our featured actor this week, playing the curiously naive Ezra Chater.
Tony has graced the stage before in Peculiar Production’s ‘The Truth’.Beyond this, we have seen him with Monstrous Productions in various roles and performances, from ‘Witches Abroad’ to ‘Guards! Guards!’, in the Whovians and as part of Newport Operatic Society’s ‘Chess‘, ‘A Christmas Carol’ and others!
The days are getting colder and the evenings are getting darker, so get cosy and read about Ellen, Arcadia’s powerhouse Lady Croom. Ellen directed our first Peculiar show,‘The Truth’. Previously she has been seen on stage with Progress Theatre in Reading, before moving to Cardiff and performing in several Act One Drama Society and Monstrous Productions shows.
One of her more memorable roles with Monstrous Productions was no-nonsense Granny Weatherwax – for ‘Arcadia’ Ellen has lost a lot of the wrinkles, but none of the attitude!
Last night we had our first weekday rehearsal, and our first workshop. We did lots of character work and learnt a lot about Captain Brice, played excellently by Christopher Maxwell.
Chris is a very talented gentleman who can be seen on both stage and screen: he was in Sketchy AF with Watchers Productions, took part in Dramatic Moose’s first production ‘Abandoned’, and he joined Monstrous Productions as Corporal Carrot in ‘Guards! Guards!’ – he clearly enjoys a military title!
We are halfway through our introductions to our cast – that means we are halfway to the Christmas break! Today we meet our Russian wonder Katya, playing feisty feminist author Hannah Jarvis. Katya played Angua in our production of ‘The Truth’ in August, as well as joining Monstrous Productions for six shows.
The question is, was she cuter as Nourishing in ‘The Amazing Maurice’, or as “Egyptian Girl No. 3” in her year 6 school production of ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat?’ Perhaps we could find some photos...