u3a - Murder Mystery Event

Calling all U3A thespians, actors, lovers of mystery, players of games and anyone looking for something a little different to throw themselves into!

Chris Wright, U3A subject advisor for Quizzes and Murder Mysteries, invites you to partake in a virtual U3A Murder Mystery Event!

It’s the annual Bake-Off organised by U3A Organic Gardening & Cookery Group and the rivalry is intense. Rumours abound of cheating, jealousy, clandestine affairs and other shenanigans. Then a mysterious death or three. Suspicion falls on the maker of a poisoned Bakewell Tart, but the bungling police are getting nowhere with their investigation. Fortunately, Hercules Parrot, legendary vicar and super sleuth, is on hand to help the audience work out who dunnit. 

You are invited to apply to play a character or watch the plot unfold as a member of the audience. There are around 20 “actors” in the cast in total, but no previous acting experience is necessary or even desirable. There are only a few lines to get familiar with and you don’t need to memorise them perfectly: you can have a prompt to help.

We have cast many members from across the u3a movement already and have 4 roles left to fill.

All that is required is that you are available for a few hours on Wednesday Morning's 2nd - 16th December to rehearse. Rehearsals will take place over Zoom, the first one is scheduled for Wednesday 2nd December at 10am. A date for the live online event before an audience on Zoom will be decided for sometime in January.

Cast members will need to acquire their own costume and props, ideas and inspiration for costume will be discussed in rehearsals. The reference to costume below is for guidance only.

Please read bios for the remaining characters and if you would like to be involved, please contact Chris via the Contact Form with the following information:

  1. Your name and which U3A you are a member of
  2. Your 1st choice of character to play
  3. Your 2nd choice of character to play (character choices not guaranteed)
  4. Confirm you are available on Wednesdays 10am – 12pm throughout December & January (with a break over Christmas holidays)

Deadline: Friday 27th November at 12pm.


Remaining Characters to Cast:

Bert Toff. Local non-organic farmer with a farm shop and a brand new combine harvester. Dress/look like a farmer. Large onion, carrot, potato, leaflets advertising farm shop

Lola Lust. Feisty, flirty, very fit Zumba teacher. An adopted child who got in lots of trouble as a teenager. Dress to impress/bright Zumba outfit

Samwell Floggett. Auctioneer of the highest repute, we think. Flamboyant jacket, bow tie, gavel

Jake Hick. A pig farmer. Rumoured to be a “ladies man”. Farmer’s clothes, stuffed pig, a string of thick sausages


If you are not selected, this is not a reflection on your ability or anything personal, it is first come first served for those suitable for each character.