2021 Bell Theatre Restaurant

“Murder Afoot”

Presented by the Bell Theatre Group.

Murder Afoot :

During the Spring of 1936, dark clouds are gathering over The Arches, the stately mansion of brash, larger-than-life shoe millionaire, Titus Platt. His peevish son Malcolm is hard up for money after living large and his ex-fiancée, the French night club singer Colette LaMarre, arrives bringing news that makes matters worse for him – she is with child, and the thought of having to tell his overbearing father fills him with dread.

Malcolm’s ditzy sister Penny is about to marry Thomas Tottering, the upstart vice president of Platt Shoes Limited. Meanwhile Mr Platt’s personal secretary, Hedda Noble, and the stern housekeeper Miss Grimlish disagree about the future prospects of Livia, the maid, of whom, Miss Grimlish is mysteriously protective.

When the notorious gentleman thief The Black Fox forcefully announces his intention to steal Platt’s precious golden Etruscan dagger, Platt calls the police. Livia spills the beans to the rest of the staff that The Black Fox is on his way. Mistakenly, but understandably, all fear for their lives and, except for Livia, resign immediately. The chauffeur leaves too, and is replaced, perhaps rather too swiftly, by the intrepid Dick Drake.

Soon Inspector Bullock arrives to thwart The Fox’s plans. During a thunderstorm in the night, Titus Platt is found murdered leaving a dying clue in the form of two chess pieces. The investigation comes to a head when a second Inspector Bullock turns up, bound and gagged, accusing the first of being a fraud. It appears that virtually everyone: Malcolm, Penny, Thomas, Livia, Miss Grimlish and even the new chauffeur, had a motive to kill Platt. False identities abound and, during the reading of Titus’ will, some rather murky secrets of the past are revealed. Before dawn, another murder is committed and The Etruscan dagger disappears twice.

“Murder Afoot” by Knut Naerum by arrangement with David Spicer Production www.davidspicer.com.au representing Stagescripts.


  • Sunday 22 August 2021- Matinee with afternoon tea
  • Sunday 29 August 2021- Matinee with afternoon tea
  • Thursday 2 September 2021- Night show 3-course table d’hôte
  • Friday 3 September 2021 – Night Show 3-course table d’hôte
  • Saturday 4 September 2021- Night Show 3-course table d’hôte


Bell Memorial Public Hall, 59 Wallace Street, Bell Qld 4408


  • Matinee – $30 per person
  • Night – $50 per person

Admission by pre-paid ticket only. This is a ticketed event and seating is Allocated.


A COVID Safe plan is in place, to comply with government regulations and keep our community safe.

  • Social Distancing
  • Hygiene measures
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Due to current government regulations, only a limited number of tickets are available for each performance. To avoid disappointment, the Bell Theatre Group has once again increased the number of performances this year.

Patrons must not attend if they:

  • have COVID-19 related symptoms;
  • have been in close contact with a person who is COVID-19 positive;
  • have travelled overseas or to a COVID-19 hotspot in the last 14 days; or
  • are COVID-19 positive.

DISCLAIMER: Patrons acknowledge that while the venue has taken all reasonable health and safety precautions to keep the audience, volunteers and performers safe, patrons enter the venue at their own risk without recourse to claim against the venue regarding health outcomes.

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