The Cheriton Players

30 June 2021 - 30 June 2021

An Unexpected Fate at The Fête

Playwright Miscellany Director Rebecca Leadley


An online Murder Mystery – but with a difference. This one was performed on Zoom, for one night only on Wednesday 30th June 2021 at 7.30pm.

Another in our ‘Lockdown’ series whilst we are unable to perform live on stage, this intriguing murder mystery was penned by our good friends Lyn and Tony Austin of Miscellany, a small performing group who create murder mysteries for live events like dinner parties, and who perform every Christmas at Hilliers with seasonal entertainment and singing. They kindly adapted one of their productions, An Unexepcted Fate at The Fête, for Cheriton Players to perform on Zoom.

The year is 1917. Lady Elizabeth Pucknall, well respected member of Little Kimbridge and wife of Lord Henry Pucknall MP, is known for her charity work, and was to have judged the floral display at the annual Village Fête. However she is discovered dead in the flower marquee by the Fête chairman but Mr Hugh Dunnit, friend and house guest of the family is luckily present to assist the local police to find the killer… with your help.

A number of online sleuths joined Hugh Dunnit in working out who did the dastardly deed and how/why. A great success and our first ‘live’ online production.


Director/producer – Rebecca Leadley

Hugh Dunnit – Tony Austin
Michael Nursling – Craig Robb
Christina May-Bush – Helen Gard
Mark Netley – David Cradduck
Rosalind Verwood – Rebecca Leadley
Evelyn D’Hurst – Marilyn Weston

Written and devised, and adapated for Zoom by Tony and Lyn Austin, Miscellany
Technical support  – Tracey Anderson and Craig Robertson
Poster Design – Ian Lock