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Who Killed Gertrude Crump?

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The narrator for this puppet whodunit is none other than Agatha Christie, so bored with being dead that she returns to life to tell the story of her first novel, which was never published.

On an oversized dollhouse set, an eclectic cast of stock characters are invited on New Year’s Eve 1899 to a secluded island hotel, where celebrity author Gertrude Crump is found murdered. The fun for armchair sleuths is not so much in discovering the identity of the killer, but enjoying the trail of red herrings, false leads and suspicious behaviour left by veteran fringe scribe Ryan Gladstone. Attentive fans will notice the character names are all borrowed from real Christie books.

Tara Travers (The Six Wives of Henry VIII) plays the slightly batty queen of crime, who animates and gives voice to all the puppet characters. In Ottawa, she was still perfecting the puppet choreography, but her funny ad-libs add charm to this quietly entertaining hour-long caper.

— Kevin Prokosh (Show reviewed during fringe festivals in Montreal and Ottawa last month.)

From the Fringe program:

Director: Ryan Gladstone

Cast: Tara Travis

A one-woman murder-mystery puppet show!

World-famous mystery author Gertrude Crump has been murdered mysteriously, and only her ghost can solve the case!

From the multiple-award-winning artists of Monster Theatre (Til Death, No Tweed Too Tight, Hockey Night at the Puck & Pickle Pub) comes this whodunnit of epic proportions...told with puppets.

***** "…the most impressive acting feat in the festival" - Kevin Prokosh, Winnipeg Free Press

***** "A standing ovation followed Travis' tour-de-force performance." - London Free Press

Audience Classification: Parental Guidance

Length: 60 mins.

Tickets: $10

Warnings: Coarse Language, Violent Content

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