Murder mystery is a family affair

By Ashleigh Fielding | posted on June 1, 2019

NEXT up on the calendar for amateur theatre group Plantagenet Players is a genre-bending production penned by one of the Players themselves.

You Heard What I Heard is the first full stage production Roxanne Mills has written and she’s excited to see it come together.

The murder-mystery-comedy-musical also had the help of fellow Player Michelle Harris who looked after the musical parodies, so Mills could focus on the show script.

The pair are counting down the days until curtain call, which is just two weeks away.

Mills said the inspiration to write her own play came from working on the set of Rams, a feature film starring Sam Neill and Michael Caton that was filmed in Mount Barker and surrounds.

“I thought about how I’d always wished that I could make something that comes from my imagination,” she said.

“After speaking with the PR coordinator on the Rams set, I decided to give it a go.

“It’s a delight to see my vision alive; my Players family have been so supportive.

“They say you can’t choose your family, but I disagree with that sentiment.”

You Heard What I Heard follows the story of Detective Danny Francis and his sidekick Longmire who investigate the circumstances surrounding a body found in the local industrial estate.

Mills promises it will deliver the regular Players mixture of laughs and gasps and be “the most baffling and unusual murder mystery of the year”.

You Heard What I Heard will play at the Plantagenet District Hall on June 14, 15, 21 and 22, and part proceeds from opening night will be donated to the Porongurup Community Association.

Tickets can be purchased at Mt Barker Scrap Shak on Langton Road.