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Murder on the Puffing Billy: 2017 Season

  • Nobelius Packing Shed Emerald Vic (map)

Join us for an intriguing night of murder, mystery and suspense aboard Puffing Billy 's evening dining special. This century old steam locomotive takes you on a journey though the darkness of night to the historic Nobelius Packing Shed. You will take part in solving our murder mystery whilst enjoying a sumptuous meal with family or a group of friends. 

Dress to the 1920s and 1930s. Best dressed could win a prize!

Dates for 2017:
Friday 3 and Saturday 18 February
Saturday 18 and Friday 31 March
Saturday 8 and 22 April
Fridays 12 and 26 May
Saturday 3 and Friday 30 June
Saturday 15 and 29 July
Saturday 12 and 26 August
Saturday 16 September
Saturday 14 and Friday 27 October
Saturday 4 November
Friday 1 December

Train Journey

The Train departs from Puffing Billy's Belgrave Station. 7.30pm on Fridays and 7pm on Saturdays. Please ensure you arrive at least 20 minutes prior to the departure time.

Our enclosed dining carriages are heated in winter to ensure your journey is both comfortable and enjoyable. During the forward journey your entree will be served whilst you are entertained by our talented theatre group who takes you on a journey of 'Who Dunnit'! After your forward journey, you'll disembark at the historic Nobelius Packing Shed.

On the return journey, tea, coffee and dinner chocolates will be served.

The Venue

In the rustic informality of the 'Nobelius Packing Shed', you'll be sure to enjoy the blazing log fire during the cooler months. Select a variety of roast meats, vegetables and salads from the buffet followed by various dessert options. A range of beverages including local wines are available for purchase.

You will be busy solving our murder mystery until the driver blows the whistle signalling your return to the train.

This event is supported and acted by the Gemco Players Community Theatre.

The Players

Director: Sam Griffiths
Assistant director: Ash Herring

We're always on the lookout for skilled performers to join the cast of Murder on the Puffing Billy Express.

Do you have strong teamwork skills? Do you have the ability to characterise, improvise and dramatise without compromise? Then perhaps this show is for you. It's a fun show with few rehearsals. It is ideal for those who cannot commit to a long season. The shows are performed on the Puffing Billy night train and in the historic Nobelius Packing Shed in Emerald. It has been a sell-out success since 2009. As a cast member, you will be expected to attend fortnightly(ish) rehearsals and impro workshops on Mondays, 7pm - 10pm.

The show is less about learning lines and more about learning the characters, their motives, and how it all fits together. There is a high level of audience interaction: there is no fourth wall, the suspects converse directly with, and are interrogated by members of the audience.

Performances take place on Friday and Saturday nights. Cast are required from 6.30-10.30pm (although finishing time may vary). These are volunteer positions.

For further information or to express your interest in joining the cast, please contact the director, Sam Griffiths.

Earlier Event: July 23
The Monologuies 2017 - Call out
Later Event: September 2
Open Stage