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Merriweather’s Murderous Weekend – a British whodunit that shouldn’t have been

British whodunit


Joan, Maggie, Jane and Annie, who have been solving murder mysteries, for the love of leisure, for twenty years.

Of course the murders are not true crimes – that is before this weekend away at Dafful Hall, at least. Barry Merriweather (host and organiser at Dafful Hall) gets the ladies’ homicidal adventure off to a rocky start but as the escapade unfolds, the ladies and Barry
start to suspect that there is more to the mystery than the mystery of the murder itself – and Barry may not even be to blame for what’s going awry!

Bodies go missing, a very convincing ‘policeman’ strolls into the picture, two thieves prey on the fake crime setup and
a cougar finds a toy-boy in this three-act comedy that puts the ‘bad’ in ‘a badly organised weekend’!

Merriweather’s Murderous Weekend has been produced successfully by The Pavilion Players.

Author: Gary Davis

Type: Short three act play

Genre: British whodunit

Cast: 5M, 7F

Ages of the actors: Adult, ages twenty to seventy

Length: 80-90 minutes

Suitable for: All ages to both perform (teen up) and watch.

Set: Dafful hall, the National Trust’s most prized possession. The building houses some fine antiques. The play takes place in the private lounge which has been set aside for the mystery weekend.  there are three doors to this room and it is furnished with two sofas,two chairs a coffee table and a sideboard. It can also be embellished with other furniture to suit the size of the stage. Paintings should be hung on the walls. THE PLAY IS SET IN THE PRESENT DAY.  

Level of difficulty: 7/10 – getting the British character’s accents and mannerisms right if you’re not British.

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Cost is $6.50 for this previously produced digital script

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Like this play? Other fabulous whodunits for you to enjoy:

Guilty Party – whodunit medical farce
Two Many Witnesses – courtroom drama crime script
Mascot Masquerade – a whodunit in a bear costume

Holiday Island – British comedy drama about typical British holidaymakers

British comedy drama


Holiday Island – a British comedy drama, is set in a typical if superior quality holiday hotel in a popular tourist resort, such as Tenerife. A group of newly arrived holiday-makers are just convening in the lobby. They are kitted-out in predictably loud holiday apparel, starting out as a pretty anonymous-looking bunch. As they check-in however, slowly getting to know each other and going about the business of enjoying their holidays, we detect the emergence of their true characters. The cultural and social aspects of their lives though interesting, are not nearly as captivating as their psychological depths. A poignant, yet funny British comedy drama that shows people as they really are when they are away from the comfort of home.

Read more about playwright Paul Symonloe.


St. John’s Players – Cambridgeshire, UK – 2016

Author: Paul Symonloe

Genre: Poignant British comedy drama

Type: Three act comedy

Cast: 17-20, 9M 8-11F, 3 are children 1 boy 2 girls

Ages of the actors: Cast of adults and some children

Suitable for: Suitable for All ages

Length: Two hours to two and a half hours long

Set:  Various: The reception of the Sol Beach 4 star luxury hotel, the tiny tots pool, the restaurant, Jungle Jims playground

Level of difficulty: 8/10 – many characters with many different interactions

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Copyright © October 2015 Paul Symonloe and Off The Wall Play Publishers

Like this play? Other Three act plays in stock:

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You’re never too old – three act comedy about getting married again – in your sixties!