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Manningtree
Essex CO11 1BP
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Murder by the Book

Tuesday 24th - Saturday 28th October 2017
by Duncan Greenwood & Robert King, Directed by Kate Sheffield

Crisp, witty exchanges pepper this light hearted and inventive thriller that unfolds with a series of macabre twists. A thriller writer indulges in vitriolic word duels with his estranged wife until she shoots him. An amateur detective from the next flat attempts to solve the murder before calling the police. More deadly games are in store and the tables are turned more than once for the victim and the killers.

Read Through

Monday 19th June starting 7.30pm at the Manifest

Auditions

Parts for 3 Male and 2 Female. Auditions to be held on Manday 26th June at 7.30pm at the Manifest Theatre.

Cast

Selwyn Piper - Novelist 45/50 A successful thriller writer and literary critic. He is self assured and well groomed
Imogen Piper - his wife 40/45 An attractive ex - actress, theatrical, can be charming, separated from Selwyn.
Christine Scott - his Secretary 25/30 Efficient, likeable, attractive
John Douglas - his Publisher 50/60 Smart in appearance, a bachelor, bluff in manner, intellectually inferior to both Selwyn and his wife.
Peter Fletcher - his Neighbour 30/35 Appeasring somewhat frivolous at first which disgises his intelligent quick thinking.


Past Productions

2017

Jun 2017 - Glorious (details updated soon)
Mar 2017 - Lady In The Van (details updated soon)

2016

Nov 2016 - Scrooge - The Musical

May 2016 - A Different Way to Die / Tagged (details updated soon)
Apr 2016 - Accolade (details updated soon)

2015

Dec 2015 - The Christmas Fairy Tale

Oct 2015 - The Railway Children

May 2015 - Roleplay

Jan 2015 - Quartet

2014

Oct 2014 - Jack The Ripper

Jun 2014 - Dead Reckoning

Mar 2014 - The Real Inspector Hound / Orca the Goldfish

2013

Dec 2013 - Ali Baba and The Faulty Thieves

Oct 2013 - The Final Act (murder mystery)

May 2013 - The Heiress

Feb 2013 - Wife After Death


2012

Oct 2012 - The Boyfriend

May 2012 - Dead Guilty

Feb 2012 - Are You Being Served?


2011

Oct 2011 - Rebecca

May 2011 - A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

Feb 2011 - Duets

2010

Oct 2010 - Pygmalion

Jul 2010 - A Blow to the Head (murder mystery)

Jun 2010 - Outside Edge

Mar 2010 - Blood Brothers

2009

Nov 2009 - 70 Girls 70

Jun 2009 - ‘Allo ‘Allo

Mar 2009 - Barefoot in the Park

2008

Dec 2008 - Aladdin

Oct 2008 - Pack of Lies

Jul 08 - Death by Radio (murder mystery)

May 2008 - 2 One Act Plays

Feb 2008 - Our Town

2007

Oct 2007 - The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13 years

Sep 2007 - A Hundred Years of Entertainment

May 2007 - Steel Magnolias

Jan 2007 - Snow White

2006 - 1979

Full details of these past performances can be viewed here.


Awards and Nominations

We were delighted to receive two very prestigious awards from the North Essex Theatre Guild at their 2015 awards evening in September.

The Doris Griffith Memorial Cup for Best Production, RolePlay, was collected by the director, Val Taylor and the Best Actress in a drama, award went to Alison Baker for her wonderful portrayal of Julie-Ann in that same production.

Previous Awards

The Manifest Theatre has been nominated and collected several awards during the history of the group. See the full list here -->

Our Productions

Although an amateur group we pride ourselves on our professional approach and are dedicated to achieving high standards in all our productions.

Our enthusiastic and talented cast and crew have won many awards over the years; most recently the  Noda Award for Technical Achievement for the set from the production of Dead Guilty, Glyn Hill’s first full Manifest production. Well done to all those involved.

We aim for three productions a year - usually a Comedy, a Straight Play and a Musical (although this can vary). We use different Directors/Producers for each production as well as a Stage Manager and a hard-working team of Lighting, Sound, Make-up and Wardrobe technicians.