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A new play set in the Roaring 20s jazz age and full of flapper pizzazz is getting ready to spark up the stage.

Fine Thyme Theatre Company is presenting Scandal at the Speakeasy from October 14 to 17 at the Cromwell Bowling Club in Alpha St.

Writing and directing the show is Lisa Clough, of Luggate, who brings many years of theatre experience to the project.
Every year she co-writes and co-directs the Queenstown Christmas show, and she has directed productions including Annie and Cinderella.

Scandal at the Speakeasy was a show with singing, dancing and a murder mystery, and was going to be a ‘‘romping good time’’.
Set in the 1920s in Chicago, in a speakeasy, the play allows the audience to to puzzle over a mystery and follow the clues while enjoying a meal, but she reassured audiences they would not be pulled out of their seats.

‘‘They don’t have to participate in the action of the murder mystery — I think a few people are a bit nervous about getting called up on stage . . . that’s not how it works; it is more of a show.
‘‘It’s a full evening of entertainment with a supper, and people can get dressed up if they want to in the theme.
‘‘It is just going to be lots of fun.’’

The theatre company was planning to bring Shortland Street the Musical to Cromwell this year but because of the Covid-19 pandemic that show has been postponed until next year.
‘‘We just wanted to give it the justice it deserved because it is going to be quite a big scale production,’’ Ms Clough said.