Crooked Spire murder mystery to be free online

Published: 30 November 2020
Reporter: Steve Orme

Helen Grady who plays Martha in The Crooked Spire

A medieval murder mystery musical set in the aftermath of a global pandemic, The Crooked Spire (Windlass Edition), is to be made available to watch free online by Derbyshire company Ashgate Heritage Arts.

The musical is an adaptation of Chris Nickson’s novel of the same name. AHA is in the process of recording the production.

The Crooked Spire is set in Chesterfield during the 1360 building of St Mary’s Church spire. Only a few years after the plague ravaged the country, the spire is rising above the tower of the parish church.

John Carpenter has gone to help build the spire. Death and intrigue strike the construction site and John is suspected of murder. He is faced with a life-and-death struggle to clear his name and bring the guilty to justice.

Audiences will be able to see an animation of the windlass which is in Chesterfield museum that was used to build the spire. The production features actors of all ages from around the country, alumni from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, the choir of St Mary and All Saints at The Crooked Spire and Dronfield parish choir.

The 35-minute show will be free online on Ashgate Heritage Arts’ YouTube channel at 7PM on Wednesday 9 December. The following evening it will have BSL signing and will be followed by a question-and-answer session with the actors which will be hosted by Emily Gray, executive director of Mercury Musical Developments.

Tickets can be booked at the Ticket Source web site. The production will be available to watch until midnight on Sunday 13 December.