Biddies’ Borstal – A (before the murder) Murder Mystery in an old people’s home

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Welcome to the “Biddies’ Borstal”, as this annexe of an old person’s Home is not-so-affectionately known. Stashed away from the Home proper are the troublemakers and problem residents, under the disinterested eye of Philomena Crump, who’s merely marking time until the head of the Home, Mr Trumball, falls as madly in love with her as she is with him.
There are just a few problems: today, Mr Trumball is throwing a party for his shareholders and investors, and the old biddies (and one extremely flatulent male resident) will insist on getting in the way. The sex-obsessed gardener is determined to have his way with Philomena, and won’t let her get near the party. And, most worrying of all, a strange man with amnesia and an awful lot of cash in his wallet has wandered onto the grounds. While one of the residents, Katie, is convinced he’s her long lost grandson, and young care worker Lucy is immediately besotted with him, the other residents have unearthed more clues that point to a much more chilling conclusion – the man is an assassin! But who has he been sent to murder? A (before the murder) Murder Mystery in an old people’s home.

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murder mystery in an old people's home

BIDDIES’ BORSTAL – A (BEFORE THE MURDER) MURDER MYSTERY IN AN OLD PEOPLE’S HOME

Welcome to the “Biddies’ Borstal”, as this annexe of an old people’s Home is not-so-affectionately known. Stashed away from the Home proper are the troublemakers and problem residents, under the disinterested eye of Philomena Crump, who’s merely marking time until the head of the Home, Mr Trumball, falls as madly in love with her as she is with him.
There are just a few problems: today, Mr Trumball is throwing a party for his shareholders and investors, and the old biddies (and one extremely flatulent male resident) will insist on getting in the way. The sex-obsessed gardener is determined to have his way with Philomena, and won’t let her get near the party. And, most worrying of all, a strange man with amnesia and an awful lot of cash in his wallet has wandered onto the grounds. While one of the residents, Katie, is convinced he’s her long lost grandson, and young care worker Lucy is immediately besotted with him, the other residents have unearthed more clues that point to a much more chilling conclusion – the man is an assassin! But who has he been sent to murder? A (before the murder) Murder Mystery in an old people’s home.

Other plays by British Playwright Troy Banyan:

Cyborg with Rosie – a science fiction comedy
Breakdown Point – a Very pyschic Comedy

Author: Troy Banyan

Type: Two-act Play

Genre: Murder Mystery in an old people’s home

Cast: 6F, 3M and a M voice offstage

Ages of the actors: All above forty, most in their sisxties and older

Suitable for: Adult and Senior casts

Length: Ninety minutes

Set: Downstage right is a door that leads to the grounds and the main Home. Upstage right is the door to the staff quarters and the kitchen. Upstage left is a door that leads to the rooms of the female residents and downstage left is a door that leads into the only male resident’s room. Mid-way along the right wall is a window, through which the grounds and Home can be viewed, with a table positioned along the wall under it. Along the back wall, just inside the upstage right door is a beanbag with an easy chair by it. Running along the back wall is a three-seater sofa. Running down the left wall, between the two doorways, is a bookcase. Roughly in the middle of the whole set is a table with three chairs around it. The room has a really dowdy, run-down feel about it.

Level of difficulty: 7/10 – keeping the air of mystery throughout

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Copyright © August 2021 Troy Banyan and Off The Wall Play Publishers

Like this play? Other plays for mature players:

A Walk in the Park – short play for seniors
The Golden years – large cats comedy set in an old age home
The Retirement of the Witches of Ipswich – British comedy plays

MURDER MYSTERY IN AN OLD PEOPLE’S HOME

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