For a whodunnit with a real twist, look no further than Leighton Buzzard Library Theatre.
The Lake Street venue is staging a performance of black comedy Above Bored on Friday, March 6, telling the tale of a firm at which some of the happenings would make even David Brent cringe.
EvaBond Adhesive Supplies is in trouble. In its south-west office, regional manager Graham White has been found bludgeoned to death with his own name plaque.
How could this have happened? Mr White was a “stand-up guy”, the embodiment of Evabond’s corporate ethos – motivating employees with targets, in-house videos, team-building days and always encouraging them to “think the unthinkable”.
As employees are questioned by the police, two sales and distribution coordinators, Jean and Jenny, emerge as the prime suspects. Under questioning, their protestations of job satisfaction and unwavering loyalty to Evabond begin to unstick, along with their ambitions, principles and even the reality of the interrogation room itself.
Inspired by French playwright Jean Genet’s seminal work The Maids, and with influences from Harold Pinter and Martin McDonagh, this original black comedy uncovers the despair at the heart of the corporate hamster wheel and imagines just how far people will go to escape it.
Written by Charlotte Bister and Daniel Richards (Wrongdoings and Wake-Up Calls at the Stop-Off Motel) and directed by Simon Harvey (Kneehigh, o-region), Above Bored is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
The play starts at 8pm and is suitable for audiences aged 15 and above.
Tickets cost £12 (concessions £10) from www.leightonbuzzardlibrarytheatre.co.uk or by calling 0300 300 8125.