Tickets selling fast for 'Murder on the Terrace' at Mallow Castle
Amateur sleuths have been advised not to delay buying their tickets for what promises to be one of the highlights of a packed summer of entertainment in Mallow.
More than half of the 400 tickets for the Cork County Council sponsored 'Murder on the Terrace' at Mallow Castle on Saturday, July 22 have already been sold and the council is unable to guarantee any will be on sale on the night.
Kanturk/Mallow district officer Liz Donovan said the council is delighted with the level of interest expressed in the event and hopes all the tickets will be sold out in advance.
Part Downton Abbey, with a dollop of Monty Python thrown in for good measure, the interactive outdoor 'whodunnit' will invite the audience to become amateur sleuths for the night as they work out who carried out the foulest of deeds.
It will start in gentile fashion, with a 1930s style garden party on the terrace to celebrate the retirement of Lord Cava and the handing over of his lucrative sparking wine empire to his nephew, Charles.
What should be a celebration quickly turns sour when Charles, who has made no secret of his intentions to shut down the business and convert Lord Cava's manor (The Cavary) into a conference centre, meets his demise at the hands of a mystery poisoner.
The discovery of his body, predictably throws proceedings into chaos with the sardonic Inspector Beck arriving on the scene to investigate. He will lead the audience of would-be Sherlocks on a journey of improbable twists and turns that will point them towards the murderer.
David Kerby-Kendall's play features a touring cast of professional actors from Heartbreak Productions and has earned rave reviews from audiences and critics across the UK.
Tickets for the 7pm performance, which will run until 9.30pm including a 20-minute interval, are available from the Cork County Council's offices at Annabella House on 022 21123 priced at €10. Meanwhile, a packed schedule of events has been put together for the Mallow Arts Festival, which will run at venues across the town from July 27-30.
To see the full festival programme visit www.mallowartsfestival.com. Ms Donovan said the annual Picnic at Mallow Castle will take place on Sunday, August 13 and will be "bigger and better" than before.
The Corkman, in association with Cork County Council, has two pairs of tickets for 'Murder on the Terrace' to give away to lucky readers.
To be in with a chance of winning simply name the Inspector who arrives to investigate the murder.
Send your answer and a contact number to The Corkman, The Spa, Mallow by Thursday, July 20 to be in the draw.
Winners will be notified by phone.