Debut script was murder to write
St. Mark's Players, The Stanley Halls, South Norwood Hill, SE25 6AB on Friday June 15 at 7.30pm and Saturday June 16 at 2.30pm and 7.30pm. Tickets, with a fish and chips dinner, at £11 or £8 without fish and chips, are available from 020 7193 3495 or 07801 556713. Table Seating. Refreshments. In support of St. Christopher's Hospice and The Demelza Children's Hospice. Wheelchair access.
T he Queen is celebrating her Diamond Jubilee, much of the Commonwealth is marking the moment and throughout Croydon and Norwood loyal subjects are planning street parties and celebrations.
Sound familiar? It could be the present day but a new play to be performed in Norwood is actually set during the last Diamond Jubilee, in 1897 when the country celebrated Queen Victoria's long reign.
"Murder at the Stanley Halls" is the debut work of writer James Graham who has produced a musical play that combines the Diamond Jubilee of 1897, murder, intrigue and a talent contest that will be performed by am-dram group St Mark's Players in the actual Stanley Halls, Norwood.
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Said freelance journalist James: "I have always enjoyed the Victorian melodrama style of evil villains, heroic chaps and pretty ladies put into danger until they are rescued from the jaws of death.
"My son joined the Players last year and there was a request for new scripts for a summer show from producer Pete Waterhouse. I thought this might be a great opportunity to put a script forward."
James normally spends his time writing articles for magazines and newspapers, and enjoyed the chance of writing material for the stage.
He says: "Writing for the stage has definitely not been like my day job. I have enjoyed it very much and the Players are a great group of actors who have worked with me to polish my script and suggest alternatives that I have mainly taken on board.
"I would say to anyone thinking of producing a script to just do it. A great group like the Players will help polish and improve any script they work with."
As for the plot, he doesn't want to give anything away until the performances except to say there is a villain called De Ath, Eric Cantona makes an appearance, two murders and mayhem rules.