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Murder by Chocolate

MEDIA RELEASE
December 2006


FLAXWORKS presents
MURDER BY CHOCOLATE
Friday 26th January - Saturday 3rd February at 8.30pm
(No show Sunday or Monday)
BATS Theatre, 1 Kent Tce, Wellington
Tickets: Adult $16 Concession $12
Book at BATS: ph 04 8024175 or email book@bats.co.nz

MURDER BY CHOCOLATE
Devised and Performed by Phil Ormsby & Alex Ellis
Directed by Caitlin Dullard

Ever thought you’d kill for chocolate?

Phil Ormsby and Alex Ellis the creators of the hit show ‘Biscuit & Coffee’ once more weave together food, death and comedy in their new production ‘Murder by Chocolate’.

In 2005/6 Phil and Alex toured Flaxworks first production, ‘Biscuit & Coffee’ throughout New Zealand. Travelling on a shoestring budget in an ancient van affectionately dubbed the Biscuit Tin, ‘Biscuit & Coffee’ played in over 50 venues nationwide. From the Gaiety Hall in Akaroa to The Meteor in Hamilton, from the Swamp Palace in Oruru to BATS Theatre in Wellington, recently concluding the tour in Auckland at the Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre THE EDGE.

What the critics said about ‘Biscuit & Coffee’

‘I rarely drink coffee after 5pm these days. However…Alex Ellis’ performance is well worth staying up all night over. She is a stunner.’ – Waikato Times.
‘Addictive theatre’ – Lynn Freeman, Capital Times.
‘An Hour and Quarter of Pure Genius’- Hawkes Bay Today

Their new work, ‘Murder by Chocolate’, premieres at BATS in January and is a comic tribute to not only the original murder mystery, but to art, the cult of celebrity and of course, chocolate.

Alex Ellis plays Felicia Fargo, a disenchanted romance writer who is determined to reject the fluff of romance for the gritty world of crime writing. Inevitably Felicia finds herself embroiled in a bizarre series of chocolaty murders based on her own dubious crime novel. Alongside Dorian, her clueless assistant, played by Phil Ormsby, she attempts to untangle the traditional web of lies and plot twists to discover the truth behind the murders and her own bittersweet history. In classic whodunit style the body count rises as the chocolate finger of suspicion points to…who? The TV psychic? The crime-writing policeman? Or Felicia’s own mother, the greatest celebrity chef to come out of a Balclutha bakery?

In this new work, the creators of ‘Biscuit & Coffee’ serve up a chocolate rush to die for! Don’t miss out on ‘Murder by Chocolate’ at BATS theatre from Friday 26th January to Saturday 3rd February 2007.

Dark, rich, and full of nuts!

For more info go to www.flaxworks.com


ENDS

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