Leyland’s St Ambrose Players in ‘Agatha Crusty and the Village Hall Murders’

Cast members Kath Creer, David White, Steven Barnes, Siobhan Edge, Beverley Yates, Joan Watkinson, John Sangster, Alison Griffiths-Barnes, Tim Braddy, Sheila Kenny and Sarah White
Cast members Kath Creer, David White, Steven Barnes, Siobhan Edge, Beverley Yates, Joan Watkinson, John Sangster, Alison Griffiths-Barnes, Tim Braddy, Sheila Kenny and Sarah White

People in Leyland will be getting their investigative hats on when they attend the St Ambrose Players’ production of Agatha Crusty and the Village Hall Murders this week.

The new comedy murder mystery by Derek Webb is being performed by the Players at St Ambrose Church Hall.

It centres around crime writer Agatha Crusty (played by Kath Creer), who arrives in the village of Chortleby to visit her sister-in-law.

Little does she know she’s stepped into a real-life murder mystery, as members of the All Saints Village Hall Committee keep turning up dead. But as the body count mounts with the incompetant Detective Inspector Twigg in charge (played by David White), can Agatha solve the crime?

From Toby the Vicar (John Sangster), and Eleanor the chair of the committee (Joan Walkinson), to Harry Knott the caretaker (Tim Braddy) and identical twins Olivia and Oliver Truscott-Pratt (both played Siobhan Edge), there are plenty of suspects.

Member Sarah White, who plays Mandy in the play, describes it as “ genuinely funny with a brilliantly clever murder mystery at the centre”.

She added: “Agatha Crusty is sure to delight audiences of all ages, and serves as an affectionate tribute to all things Agatha Christie in her 125th birthday year.

“Think Agatha Christie meets Midsummer Murders meets Inspector Clouseau! This is one play which has literally had the cast corpsing all through rehearsals.”

The play runs from Wednesday, February 18, to Saturday, February 21, starting at 7.30pm each night.

Tickets are available from Grandad Jim’s Traditional Sweet Shoppe in Chapel Brow, Leyland (01772 452234) or on the door.

Tickets are £7 for adults and £5 concessions.