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Killing Thyme - Fundraising evenings for our magnificent Theatre

For the third year running The Bethel Players are pleased to present a murder mystery interactive performance to raise funds for the Players Theatre, Lowestoft.

The story will be set at the Killingworth Annual Village Fete and Vegetable Show, held within the grounds of Rothersfield Hall. The prestigious top award in the vegetable tent is always fiercely contended and with the added cash prize this year, competition is intense. There are squabbles over spinach, arguments over the artichokes and tantrums over the turnips. But is anyone within the green fingered elite capable of being a cold-blooded murderer?

The Bethel Players cast of Killing Thyme - Back left to right Toni Penson, Suzanne Kingston, Michelle Wilson, Julia Rymer, Jo ‘Howie’ Forster. Front row left to right Andrew Liddon, John Marjoram, Paula Crisp, Chris Moore.

Image credit The Bethel Players

Audience members will be invited to pit their wits against Inspector Moody and his sidekick Sullen to dig down and weed out the offender before they do. A prize will be awarded to the winner who can outwit the detective.

The entertainment will take the form of a play and at set points audience members will be invited to ask questions to work out just who did it.

After very successful one-off murder mystery performances previously, this year the event will be held on two evenings with the added twist of a different murderer on each evening. To further add to the intrigue cast members will not know who the murderer is until just a few days before the event!

Toni Penson who will play the character of Violet Mulford said “I like to learn my lines nice and early when acting in a play, but I definitely won’t be able to do that for this. Plus, as there will be two different scenarios there’ll be two lots of last minute lines to learn!”

Killing Thyme artwork. Image credit Lazy Bee Scripts

Killing Thyme is being directed by Karen Carter. As a member of The Lowestoft Players for over 50 years she is keen to raise money to support the Players Theatre, owned by The Lowestoft Players, a registered charity.

Mrs Carter told us “Whether you see yourself as a Sherlock Holmes, a Miss Marple, or an Inspector Morse, this is going to be a thoroughly entertaining evening for everyone who comes along, and hopefully we’ll raise lots of money for the Players Theatre too.”

Money raised at previous murder mystery performances has funded cabaret style tables with smart table cloths which will be used on the evening, plus a contribution has been made towards the Theatre’s new front illuminated signage.

Killing Thyme will be held on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th October, at 7.30pm. Tickets are priced at just £8 for the raised seating area and £9 for table seating. There will be a £1 per ticket Theatre Development Fee. Separate fundraising raffles will be held on each evening.

To book for Killing Thyme please visit or phone the box office on 01502 770020. Please also contact the box office for wheelchair and companion seats.

Should any local businesses or individuals wish to donate a raffle prize, please email


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