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Pratting about in time

Another plug for someone else’s show, but this time not a local amateur production but instead a peek behind the curtain of the professional stage!

Back in April 2014 we enjoyed a successful production of Murdered to Death, introducing the unique inspectorating talents of Inspector Pratt.  There are two sequels, Secondary Cause of Death and Death by Fatal Murder, and Pratt’s creator Peter Gordon has now added a prequel which will be debuting in 2017.  In the author’s own words:

“I’m delighted to say that Talking Scarlet, who toured with ‘Secondary Cause of Death’ this year, will be touring with the premier of the prequel in 2017. The current plan is for it to tour in the New Year and then again in the late autumn.

It will initially be touring under the title of ‘Dong Ding Murder Me On High’ but will probably tour in the autumn and be published under the title of ‘Sleighed to Death’. Don’t ask …. it’s a long story!!!”

Peter Gordon’s own website has more information about both the play and the tour.

Wifey and I saw Talking Scarlet’s production of Secondary Cause of Death earlier this year and are already looking forward to the new one.  With two sequels and a prequel to play with, sooner or later Pratt will be returning to BaCStage.  You have been warmed!


What a cracker!

The seasonal festivities are well under way.  As 2014 draws to a close it’s a good time to take a look back at what we’ve done at BaCStage in the last twelve months.

We had two hugely successful shows this year.  In April Murdered to Death knocked ’em dead, and in October Hero paid tribute to the heroes of WWI a hundred years on, as well as helping to raise valuable funds for the Royal British Legion.  We took part in the Bluntisham Christmas Gift Fair, and at either end of the year we made significant improvements to the ODS, in the garden and getting the roof repaired.  Each one of these was a big deal in its own right, so to have done all of this in the same year has made 2014 a real cracker for BaCStage.  It doesn’t stop there either, as 2015 is set to start on a high with our pantomime, Dick Whittington, in February.

Of course you can’t have a cracker without a joke, so…
Q: What do you get if you cross a snowman with a shark?  A: Frostbite.

Whatever you celebrate at this time of year have a good one, and look forward to great things in 2015.  Merry Christmas!

Join us below stairs at Bagshot House

Some behind-the-scenes photos from our latest production ‘Murdered to Death’, starting with the obligatory “Man crushed by falling stage” picture:

Man beneath a stage


Coconut Moose, the all-seeing resident of Bagshot House:

Coconut Moose


Some off-stage cues for the actors:

Miss Maple


The Saturday after-show Bash – “Tonight we’re gonna party like it’s 1936”:

Party time


While others partied, Carol was doing some important BaCStage admin:


Must have been a tough job, judging by the number of beers.


The buffet proved as popular as ever:

The buffet

The Guinness chocolate cake in particular didn’t hang around for long.


Breaking the set:


We take Health and Safety very seriously at BaCStage.


So you’ve seen the show, or the photos at least.  If you think it looks like fun to be a part of all this, you’d be right – and we’d love to hear from you.  Newbies are always welcome at BaCStage.  Two of our cast for “Murdered…” joined us only last year; without them we couldn’t have staged it or our previous production Deborah’s Party, and already it seems like they’ve been around for ages (in a good way, you understand).  It’s only about 4 years since this Pratt joined the group as well.  It’s not just acting, either – DIY, sound & lights, painting, costumes, front-of-house, publicity, props, stage management, photography, gardening, baking cakes, even directing… it’s a long list.  Above all though it’s a social thing – a great bunch of people having a good laugh together.  If you’d like to join the fun contact us through this here website.

If on the other hand you’d rather just sit back and be entertained then that’s fine by us as well.  As soon as we’ve decided what we’re doing next and when we’re going to do it, details will appear on this blog.  There may well be a few irreverent (or irrelevant) posts appearing here in the meantime, so watch this space!


And so I conclude my conclusions

Last night we completed our highly successful run of Murdered To Death.

Thomkins and PrattThompson (Thomkins, sir) and Pratt, yesterday

We had another great audience on Saturday.  They were a little more … how can I put this politely… lubricated… than on previous evenings, although I think that was mostly due to the non-acting members of BaCStage who came along to watch.

All the cast and crew have had a lot of fun putting this show together.  That it has been so well supported, and well received, by the audiences on each night is fantastic.  Once again, a big thank you to everyone who has come along to one of the performances.  Straw polls each evening suggested that we had many first-timers in the audience – we hope to welcome you back to a future production alongside our regulars.

There will be photos of the crime scene appearing here in due course, but for now I want to get this wrapped up quickly.  I have to get back to the station… damned paperwork!

There’s another one gone!


Two down already, and just one to go. Performances that is, not murder victims. Production week, like a speeding bullet, seems to go by rather too quickly.

Miss MapleMiss Maple, yesterday

We had another fine audience on Friday to witness the goings-on at Bagshot House.  Thank you all for coming along and joining us.

With just one more show left will it be Pratt, Thomkins or Miss Maple who solves the case, or will the perpetuator of the cruel and brutal crime outwit the forces of the law? All will be revealed this evening!

I say, old boy… good show!



Our run of ‘Murdered to Death’ opened with a bang last night in more ways than one.

Colonel Craddock

Colonel Craddock, yesterday

We played to one of our largest Thursday audiences, certainly since this Pratt joined the group at any rate (no, not you sir, I’m Pratt).

Being the shy, retiring wallflowers that we are at BaCStage we would put on a performance for three people and a dog, but it does make the whole thing so much more exciting to have a large and appreciative audience in attendance.  It seems there is an appetite for murder out here in the sticks!

We’d like to thank all of you who came to see last night’s show.  We hope to see you all again at a future performance.  One thing though – please don’t reveal to the Friday and Saturday people the identity of the brutal killer and murderer!


Murdered to Death opens tomorrow night

Mrs Mildred Bagshot

requests the pleasure of your company

for an evening of entertainment

at Bagshot House

on Thursday 10th, Friday 11th and Saturday 12th of April

at 7.30 P. M.

Mildred Bagshot

Bagshot House,

Bluntisham Village Hall,


Cabaret-style seating (please bring your own refreshments)

Tickets £8 from Bluntisham Garage, or on the door.

by Peter Gordon
This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Limited

The stage is set for murder

Welcome to Bagshot House.

Bagshot House

It is 1936.  Mid afternoon.

Nobody (or should that be ‘no body’) is in the lounge at present.  Mildred is readying herself for the arrival of her guests.  Dorothy is busy in the kitchen.  Bunting is in his room in the basement, getting better acquainted with a bottle of Napoleon brandy.

Soon the lounge will be a hive of activity as guests start arriving for the weekend.  Colonel Charles and Margaret Craddock, Elizabeth and Pierre, and of course Miss Maple.  They will bring with them all manner of baggage – secrets, schemes, plots and motives, and for at least one in the group this weekend will be their last!

Will Inspector Pratt and Constable Thomkins be able to implementate a cunning plan to deduct the identity of the brutal killer and murderer?  You’ll have to come along to Bagshot House to find out!

Murdered to Death

by Peter Gordon
This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Limited

There is a murderer in their midst!

Who among this group is a cold, ruthless, murdering murderer?

Murdered to Death

Dorothy, in the dining room, with the carved wooden elephant?  Could be.

Pierre, in the lounge, with the paint brushes?  Perhaps.

Bunting, in the basement, with the bottle of booze?  Shurely not! (hic)

I’ll give you a clue – it isn’t Constable Thomkins…

… or is it?

Come along to Bluntisham Village Hall on April 10th, 11th and 12th to find out.

Murdered to Death