SWEPT AWAY BY MURDER by Terry Adcock

£6.00

A retired judge believes he is infallible when assessing someone’s guilt or innocence. He invites an ex-convict to gauge the effect of a lengthy sentence on his behavior. Each of the quirky house guests has hidden agendas and secrets they want to hide, however, someone eventually lashes out in lethal fashion. Inspector Broom and Sergeant Boswell team up to solve the murders. Although Boswell has a penchant for swearing, Inspector Broom intercepts him at every turn preventing him from uttering even one expletive. Through keen observation and astute logic, Inspector Broom ties up all the loose ends for a satisfying solution to the murders. And as the cast exits the stage for the final time, Sergeant Boswell has the last word . . . and the last laugh.

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CHARACTERS

SIR EDWARD BANFIELD – Late 50’s; retired judge; he would be surprised and hurt to know people hated him so intensely.

NIVENS – Mid-60’s; efficient English butler.

JANE TALIFARO – Early 30’s; Sir Edward’s niece who manages his financial portfolio.

MISS MARTIE PANTS – Mid-20’s; Sir Edward’s secretary helping produce his memoirs

LADY ELEANOR BANFIELD – Early 40’s; the Judge’s elegant second wife, obsessed with her life of luxury.

*HAROLD NOMONEY – Early 30’s; desperately wants to marry Jane. Insists his name is French, but everyone still gets it wrong.

SIR PERCY PEWS – Late 50’s; passed over for an appointment to the bench at the hands of his law partner and oldest friend.

PAUL COLLIER – Mid-30’s; an invited guest; recently released from prison.

COOK – Late 30’s; long-suffering domestic servant.

*SERGEANT BOSWELL – Late 30’s; veteran police officer.

INSPECTOR HONOR BROOM – Late 20’s; newly promoted; the old adage “a new broom sweeps clean” aptly describes her approach to policing.

 

* NOTE: The characters, Harold and Sgt Boswell, can be played by the same person.

PRODUCTION HISTORY

One zoom performance (recorded); one podcast performance (recorded); two online play readings (non-recorded); one translation into Portuguese for Brazilian stage performance (in progress).

RUNNING TIME

Approximately 110 minutes

 

PREVIEW

Preview available here

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