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OPERA SINGER, ACTRESS  AND BUTCHER  PERFORMS A MOST MURDEROUS MUSICAL MYSTERY! Critics through the ages have often murdered a diva's performance through the power of a pen, but seldom do we find ourselves delving into the operatic underworld to find out WHODUNNIT when it is discovered that the flamboyant divas have taken their revenge!

In a showstopping comedy drama, A Knife At The Opera, Detective Inspector Gethin Gumshoe, the hapless yet lovable Welsh Clouseau, is on the trail of a serial critic killer in a thrilling night of humour, mystery, suspense and stunning singing which performs at the Torch Theatre on 8 May.

Starring the critically acclaimed actress, virtuosic mezzo-soprano … and prizewinning butcher, Buddug Verona James, this comedy was inspired by an opera critic who had given her a devastatingly ferocious review.

This came at a time when I was searching for an idea for my next one-woman show explained Buddug …In an attempt to cheer me up, my friend Joe Corbett, the Irish baritone, reminded me of the Hammer Horror film - Theatre of Blood, where a Shakespearean actor murders all his critics...

I was so excited by this idea that I decided to turn my experience around and make something positive out of it. I immediately started work and 3 years later …..

Gently poking fun at critics, performers, detectives and anyone else who takes themselves too seriously, including Buddug herself, this is a slick production packed with great comic timing.

Buddug Verona James brilliantly performs the roles of DI Gumshoe and the six colourful divas who are also the prime suspects: Miss Macho, Miss Bagwitch, Miss Baroque, Miss Acrobatics, Miss Diva and Miss Dot Demi-Semiquaver.

Accompanied on the piano by acclaimed composer, conductor and pianist Andrew Wilson-Dickson, the comic story is intertwined with seven arias by Handel, Mozart, Rossini, Bizet, Tom Johnson and Andrew Wilson-Dickson.

Buddug, who is Pembrokeshire born and bred, represented her County in 1978 at the Royal Welsh show - cutting up a lamb carcasse - and won! So beware that knife!

If you love music, Gavin and Stacey, Fawlty Towers, Inspector Clouseau, Maria Callas, Farinelli, Dylan Thomas, Tales of the Unexpected and Sooty then you’ll love A Knife at the Opera – A Diva’s Revenge! Catch it at the Torch Theatre, Milford Haven on Friday 8 May at 7.30pm. For tickets, contact their Box Office on 01646 695267 or visit their website at to make a reservation.
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