Act One Perform 1940s Murder Mystery Play, Murder at the Pelican Club, by Pauline Rowson

Act One Drama in Kent did a great job in putting on my play, Murder at the Pelican Club, to packed audiences over three days on 30/31 October and November 1st and I was delighted to join them for the last night on Saturday.  The play is written in the vein of Agatha Christie's Poirot but with a dash of humour and music.

Cast, musicians, and director with author Pauline Rowson, Murder at the Pelican Club, Act One Drama

Murder at the Pelican Club is a departure for me as  writing crime novels are more my thing but I loved writing it and creating grumpy, middle-aged, gruff Inspector Doyle, the complete opposite to the rugged and flawed DI Andy Horton, and the action characters in my other crime novels. It is set in war torn Britain in 1940s Liverpool during the Blitz.  Inspector Doyle appears to be ponderous but underneath he has a wry sense of humour and is very sharp. I enjoyed writing in that period and have several more ideas for Doyle in the 1940s.

The audience were transported back to November 1940 and the Pelican nightclub and restaurant in Liverpool during the Blitz. The musicians entertained the audience at the Pelican Club before the play commenced.

The music before the show begins at the Pelican Club, 1940s England

 The  village hall became the nightclub and some of the audience even dressed up in 1940s clothes.

This is singer Tillie Trotman's last performance before leaving to entertain the troops overseas someone though is intent on stopping her. The murder takes place while the bombs are raining down.

It's a traditional whodunnit and a why done it with humour and lots of clues, but you have to watch and listen carefully to follow the twists and turns of the plot and then see if you've guessed right.

Murder at the Pelican Club a murder mystery play was performed by Act One Drama Group, New Ash Green, Kent.  My thanks to the cast, crew and musicians for putting on a great performance


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