Friday, December 3, 2010

Murder mystery dinner theatre at historic Founders Park

When I was back in Nelson earlier this week, visiting friends and family before heading to Christchurch for the presentation of the inaugural Ngaio Marsh Award, I noticed a poster in a bookstore about an interesting dinner theatre event on this weekend.

Tonight and tomorrow night at Nelson's historic Founders Park, Nelson Repertory Theatre are performing 'Murder Down the Line', a classic 'Golden Age' murder mystery specially written for the 'stage' by Nelson local Penny Taylor and produced and directed by her husband, Gordon, who also plays the part of the train conductor (see Nelson Mail news story for more information).

According to the Nelson Mail, the audience will follow the action as it moves from setting to setting. "Beginning on the train, the action soon moves to the engine shed, where the murder is revealed, before a brief return to the train setting and a break for dinner – during which the characters continue in their roles – before an exciting conclusion. In true Christie style, after supper the murderer will be revealed, with a prize going to the first correct guess."

Founders Park is a charming heritage park in Nelson (my childhood hometown), that evokes "life as it was in Nelson in the 1880s to 1930s". You can read more about Founders Park at the Nelson City Council website here. So this fun setting should make for a very intriguing and enjoyable night out. Wish I could be there. I suggest any crime fiction fans in or around Nelson, especially those who are fans of Ngaio Marsh or Agatha Christie-esque classic murder mysteries, head along tonight or tomorrow for what promises to be a good show.

Murder Down the Line: a supper theatre event,
Friday and Saturday December 3-4 at 7pm,
tickets $27, dinner included.
For tickets and further information:
phone Gordon and Penny on 03 545 1765 or email

1 comment:

  1. Craig - That sounds like such a fun event! I wish I could see the play. I'm sure it'll be terrific.