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The Detective's Handbook
Two Cops, No Clue

Book & Lyrics by Ian Ferrington
Music by Olga Solar

Director Jonathan Biggins
Musical Director Michael Tyack
Choreographer Christopher Horsey
Set & Costume Designer James Browne
Lighting Designer Sian James-Holland
Sound Designer Jeremy Silver
Executive Producer Neil Gooding
General Manager Victoria Wildie

Starring: Justin Smith, Sheridan Harbridge, Rob Johnson, Lara Mulcahy, Tony Cogin, Christopher Horsey

Chicago, 1950. A city in the grip of a crime epidemic. Two dead cops have just been discovered.

Enter Frank Thompson, a hardboiled detective who knows just what it takes to get a result. His new partner, Jimmy Hartman, couldn’t be more different. Young, fresh and enthusiastic Jimmy is determined to clean up the mean streets without breaking the rules. Following the clues, the old dog and the young pup are led into a world of seedy bars and femme fatales. Will the new recruit teach the experienced detective a thing or two about police work? Will officers Hammett and Spade ever clean out the evidence locker? Will the criminal mastermind be discovered? And just who is the mysterious Miss Raines?

“The Detective’s Handbook is an especially exciting show for us to be presenting at Hayes Theatre Co,” said Hayes Theatre Co Chair Neil Gooding. “Firstly, it is a new, totally original Australian musical, which is fairly rare in itself. Secondly, it is the first fully staged production of a show that has been guided through our New Musicals Australia program. The Detectives Handbook is smart, funny and has a distinctive voice, with music by Olga Solar and book and lyrics by Ian Ferrington.”

“It's a rare honour to be working on a new Australian musical, said Director Jonathan Biggins. “The Hayes is both the ideal laboratory and nursery - musicals are unusual hybrids that need a lot of attention to help them grow! This is a witty, quirky show with a distinctive and unexpected voice and we've got a great cast to showcase its potential.”

THE DETECTIVE’S HANDBOOK is the result of when a former rapper develops an obsession with the golden age of detective novels. Coupled with a bright and lively jazz score, this new Australian musical is guaranteed to have you laughing out loud as Thompson and Hartman investigate the crime in an hilarious clash of the old guard and the new recruit, determined to do it 'by the book'.


Performances: 21 April - 7 May 2016

Mon 6.30pm | Tues - Sat 7.30pm | Wed & Sat 2.00pm

Prices: Full $50.00 | Concession $45.00

Running Time: Approx 80mins - no interval

The Detective's Handbook is part of the 2011 Postcode offer. Patrons with proof of address showing they live within the 2011 postcode can obtain tickets for $20.00, 30 minutes prior to the performances on Mon - Wed evenings.

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