Saltford actors bring musical whodunnit Murder Ballad from West End to the West

Published on: 01 Sep 2017

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An amateur dramatics group in Saltford is following up last year’s award-winning production with the English amateur premiere of a hit West End show. 

SCAMP (Saltford Community Association Musical Productions) is the first amateur group to be granted the rights to perform the musical Murder Ballad following its professional run in London in December 2016.

To meet the challenge of staging the show, SCAMP has moved the production from the group’s home at Saltford Hall to Bath’s Mission Theatre where it will open on Thursday, October 12, and run until Saturday, October 14.

Musical director Keith Warhurst said: “We thought it would be an ideal show for us to take on as our next challenge. At first we were disappointed as the rights holders were only going to allow professional companies to apply for a licence, but we asked them anyway and they said yes.

“Murder Ballad is a steamy and gripping ‘whodunnit’ based around an illicit love triangle between Sara, her ex-boyfriend Tom and faithful husband Michael. Set to music and lyrics written by indie rock heavyweight Juliana Nash, this is a musical thriller with a razor’s edge. There can only be one conclusion – someone’s going to die. But who will bite the dust and who is the executioner? There is only one way to find out!”

SCAMP was formed two years ago and last year there were celebrations for the group after their performance of lesser-known musical Songs For A New World won an award from the Somerset Fellowship of Drama. The show was also nominated in two categories in 2016’s Rose Bowl Awards, including Best Musical Production.

Murder Ballad is showing at the Mission Theatre in Bath from October 12 to October 14 at 8pm. Tickets are available now from Bath Box Office at or by contacting SCAMP at

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