Crime thriller meets children’s entertainment

May 25, 2012 by Geoff Sirmai
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Crime thriller meets children’s entertainment in an insanely funny new play by Jewish lawyer and playwright Tony Laumberg.

Nick Hunter, Jasmin Certoma and Seaton Kay-Smith as The Giggles

Inspired by Agatha Christie, but with the prolific playwright’s own wacky spin, MURDER MOST FUNNY! has all the elements for a hilarious night’s entertainment including a hit children’s band (complete with their individual coloured tee-shirts), a star-struck detective, a cynical publicist and a dead body in the backstage bathroom!

This is Laumberg’s 12th play – each one of them directed by friend and colleague Richard Cotter.

In this one, the world’s most popular children’s band, “The Giggles”, have an adult-sized problem. Following a knockout performance for thousands of young fans, they discover their manager dead in the dressing room… with a knife in his back. Suddenly they’re all accused of murder! Watch the mystery unfold with an unlikely list of suspects and enough clues and red herrings to baffle even the most dogged of detectives. Which Giggle did it? Did all of them? How will their next CD sell?

Hot on the trail of the killer is high-profile homicide detective Chief Inspector Grimley (who famously nabbed the Cornflakes Cereal Serial Killer) and who – due to his two nieces – is a huge Giggles fan! Add a little romance, a few songs and you end up with a whodunit so funny it’d make Agatha Christie die laughing. And you’ll NEVER guess who the killer is!

Murder Most Funny! stars Jasmin Certoma as greenie ‘Jade’, Nick Hunter as smart-alec ‘Corey’, Seaton Kay-Smith as ‘Kevin’ the big kid & nanna’s boy, Peter Talmacs as Chief Inspector Grimley & Tricia Youlden as the Giggles’ over-the-top PR!

Playwright Tony Laumberg is a mild-mannered lawyer by day but has a long background in stand-up comedy, music and children’s entertainment. He appeared on Simon Townsend’s Wonderworld performing his song “Ape Over You” and elsewhere had airplay spoofing Napoleon with his hit “Not Tonight Josephine”. His eleven previous plays – many with comic ‘legal’ themes such as Unsolicited Male, My Fair Lawyer, Bondi Legal and Find Me a Lawyer – have had sell-out seasons at venues from the Tap Gallery to Newtown Theatre to the Parade Theatre, NIDA.

Special early-bird prices apply! Book before 30 June and get your adult tickets for $24 instead of $30… and book a group of 8 or more and get two free tickets!  Visit www.bigsplash.com.au or email bigsplashpro@hotmail.com  for details…

Murder Most Funny! by Tony Laumberg
The TAP Gallery, 278 Palmer Street, Darlinghurst
16 August to 9 September Wed-Fri 7pm,
Saturdays 7.30pm and Sundays at 4pm
Preview Thurs 16 August, Opening night Fri 17 August
Tickets $30.00/$25.00 conc. and groups 8+   Kids U16  $20.00
Preview all tickets  $22.00   Booking agency fees apply.
Bookings: MCA  1300 306 776  or www.mca-tix.com.au

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