Murder at the Manor

An Audio Play

Welcome to the  Shawbury Village Players production of Murder at the Manor.  This full length audio play is in two acts and is free for you to listen to below.  Scroll down the page to see the instructions.

This year, due to the coronavirus, no productions are currently possible and are unlikely until at least spring 2021.  Social distancing rules even stop us rehearsing together.   However, to maintain our sanity, we have devised and written this full-length audio play, which is free of charge to anyone who wishes to access it, giving something not only for our members, and their friends and family, but also to keep in touch with all those audiences that regularly support us and our local community.

Donations Appreciated

Yes, the play is free to listen to. However, we still have bills to pay so if you would like to make a contribution here to go towards our annual rent then please click here to go to our GoFundMe page.  All donations would be very much appreciated.

Instructions – Listen to the Play

Act 1

Click on the triangular play button in the black bar below to listen to Act 1. Duration 39:15

Scene 1 – The County Mercury newsroom – a few months before the fayre
Scene 2 – The Manor House – the week before the fayre
Scene 3 – The Manor House and garden – Saturday, the day of the Fayre
Scene 4 – The Manor House tour
Scene 5 – The Manor House field
Scene 6 – The Manor House garden
Scene 7 – Lady Mary’s sitting room
Scene 8 – The Manor kitchen
Scene 9 – Sir Robert’s study
Scene 10 – Lady Mary’s sitting room
Scene 11 – Lady Mary’s sitting room a short while later

Act 2

Click on the triangular play button in the black bar below to listen to Act 2. Duration 32:49

Scene 1 – The murder scene
Scene 2 – The Manor kitchen
Scenes 3 to 6 – Questioning around the Manor
Scene 7 – The Manor the next day


Peta Smith –  Lady Mary Thumpington-Smythe
John Smith –  Sir Robert Thumpington-Smythe
Dick Allen –  Lord-Lieutenant Preston Hanwood CBE
Elaine Longmore –  Janet McBeath
Chris Fraser –  Florence Johnson
Jo Humphreys –  Mrs Delia Berry
Ann Page –  Katie Ade
Chris Page –  Norman Bailey
Josh Rawlinson Smith –  Detective Inspector Sargent

Production Team

Written by –  Ann and Chris Page
Post production –  Chris Page
Music –  Alex James Cannon

For the technically minded

This play was recorded by the individual actors at home using voice memos on their phones/tablets. The individual lines were then emailed to Chris Page, mixed together and adjusted using Cyberlink’s Audio Director software and Nero’s Wave Editor software. Sound effects were supplied courtesy of royalty-free and copyright free resources. Music was by kind permission of Alex James Cannon.  At no time were social distancing rules and government guidelines ignored!

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