The Real Inspector Hound

by Tom Stoppard, directed by Sam Archer

5-14 July 2024

The Real Inspector Hound is a parody of classic theatre mysteries in the style of an Agatha Christie play and contains a play-within-a-play.

Cast: Daniela Amaya Coria; Kevin Cook; Deirdre Gibb; Neetha Nambiar; Tim Ratcliffe; Emma Richardson; Molly Snowball; Bonnie Swarris; Rob Tedge; John Willis

Feuding theatre critics Moon and Birdboot are swept into the murder mystery play they are reviewing in London. The murder mystery, the play-within-a-play, is set at Muldoon Manor “an opulent home amid marshes and swamps near a cliff”. Nearby the Manor, a madman is on the loose.
With a storm on the horizon the police led by Inspector Hound cannot get to the Manor. As the
narratives of both plays continue, they intermingle with one another, including the actors between
plays, with both performances entwined by the end.

Director’s Vision
I see this play as an intelligent, witty, tongue-in-cheek parody honouring a traditional English murder
mystery, it’s characters and its plot line. I’d like to stage it as a pop-up style “skinny” production,
with minimal staging, in keeping with the genres of playback theatre, fringe events and One Act play
festivals. I‘m looking forward to collaborating with the cast and crew to explore the absurdist genre
and create an engaging performance that mischievously toys with breaking the fourth wall.

We are keen to attract a great production crew, with all levels of experience, and offer opportunities
for curious people to learn on the job. We welcome enquiries from anyone interested in becoming involved behind the scenes. Examples of jobs might include: assisting with promotion, gathering or making
props/costumes, making or painting sets, assisting light/sound technicians, helping backstage during
performances, checking tickets, serving drinks, ushering.