24 May 2023

Beware the usual suspects! Motion Arts hopes you'll die laughing as its latest whodunnit comes to life

| Shri Gayathirie Rajen
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Motion Arts Temora’s next production, The Butler Did It, hits the stage on Friday at the Temora Town Hall Photo: Motion Arts Temora.

When trying to solve a murder case, it’s worth remembering the one who did it is the one you least suspect.

Motion Arts Temora is inviting everyone to step back in time to solve a classic murder mystery in its production The Butler Did It, directed by Scott Hayman.

In what is billed as a hilarious whodunnit, all the evidence points towards the butler. Trapped inside the manor due to a storm, the butler must find a way to prove his innocence, or possibly conceal his guilt, all while tied to a chair.

Scott said that, like many favourite mystery stories, the play had a range of characters, including the colonel, the maid, the vicar and the author.

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“Audiences will have the chance to vote for who they think the murderer is during intermission, and if they guess correctly, they’ll have the opportunity to win some fun prizes,” Scott said.

“This production has a cast of nine and we have someone operating sound and another on the lighting, our various stagehands, as well as people working front of house and catering.

“We have some helping with hair and makeup, and those who have been involved in constructing sets and making costumes.”

Scott said many people didn’t realise how much went on behind the scenes for a production, which involved a team effort.

He said rehearsals for the production had been going well and the cast had been off script for some time, while the sound and lighting had come together neatly.

The Butler Did It is Scott’s fourth time directing a play. His first murder mystery, Murder Can Be Habit Forming, is similar to the current production.

He has also directed two short plays, Haunted and Murder at the Art Show.

“While I do still love being on stage, it’s a fun and challenging opportunity to direct a stage production, one which I’ve thoroughly enjoyed,” he said.

Motion Arts Temora purchased the Todd Wallinger script online through the site Pioneer Drama, which the organisation has used previously for other scripts.

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The production of The Butler Did It is set for the stage from 26 to 28 May at the Temora Town Hall. Tickets are $30, or $25 for under 16s and concessions.

Tickets are available from Motion Arts Temora, Temora’s Double Shot or at the door on the night.

A light supper will be included in the ticket price.

Dates and showtimes are:

Friday, 26 May, 6 pm

Saturday, 27 May, 2 pm

Saturday, 27 May, 6 pm

Sunday, 28 May, 2 pm.

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