TO OPEN their 2012 season, the Colwall Players present an evening of murder and mystery, with Murder at Colwall Grange.

On a cold, windy winter’s evening at gloomy Colwall Grange, Lord and Lady Evendine are waiting patiently for the one ray of sunshine in their otherwise sterile lives – their young and lovely daughter Arabella.

She is due to visit them from London along with her new fiancé, Jack.

Also at the Grange is Sponge, the morose and sombre family retainer, Emily Loop, the unobtrusive but knowledgeable maid and Strange, the mysterious chauffeur and odd-job man.

The cast is completed by family friend Jean Maple and the local rector, Reverend Tobias Tope.

But before the evening is through, one of these characters will meet a swift and violent death.

As the dramatic events unfold, the audience can relax and enjoy a two-course meal as they watch the suspects be questioned and also take part in the questioning if you fancy yourself as a budding detective.

Over coffee, the audience can make up their minds as to the identity and motives of the guilty party. One lucky person who guesses the correct answer will win a bottle of champagne.

Murder at Colwall Grange will be performed at Colwall Village Hall on Friday and Saturday, February 24 and 25, at 7.30pm.

Tickets cost £15 each and are available from Goodwins estate agents in Colwall.

As this production includes a meal, people are urged to buy their tickets beforehand as those who turn up on the night will not be catered for.