A night of cold-blooded killing is coming to the Hastings for the theatrical play, Murder at the Silver Dollar Saloon.
The regions best detectives are invited to attend the Western inspired whodunnit at Bonny Hills Surf Club on April 10 and at the Conservatorium Mid North Coast, Port Macquarie from 6.30pm to 7pm on April 24.
The 1855 Texas murder mystery has been in production for three months by local entertainment group, Night4Murder.
The theatre production includes the opportunity for audience members to question cast members at the end of the show to find the murderer and their motive. Prizes are awarded for a correct guess.
Port Macquarie resident and cast member Judy Campbell plays the role of Miss Red Hot. She said cast members can change who the murderer is across multiple screenings of the show to keep the mystery going.
"Initially we were going to perform in Port Macquarie but we are putting the word out to hold it in surrounding town halls. We are keen to spread it out in the Hastings Valley area," she said.
"It's all a bit smutty with lots of word-play. A bit naughty, funny and you never know what's going to happen.
"I've been part of the group for eight years but our shows has evolved over the last few years. We usually put on two plays per year and tend to do eight or nine performances of each show.
"It's a lot of fun and it can be a lot of hard work. I only audition for plays that I'm interested in and I like British comedy, I tend to relate to comedies more than other productions."
Ms Campbell has performed with the Players Theate Inc Port Macquarie, been involved in theatre since 2013 and featured in Shakespeare on the Green.
Laurieton resident, script writer and cast member Bill Harrow plays the role of Juanko Kid. He wrote the script for Murder at the Silver Dollar Saloon over two months.
"I became involved in the group after there was a Night4Murder show called Creepy Hollow in Laurieton. I saw it and knew I had a go in the next play they were doing," he said.
"It looked like a lot of fun and I had retired so I thought I would like doing this. Over the last few years I have also started writing the plays.
"I think during COVID performances like this have dropped away, but this is a great time post-COVID with people wanting to get out and have a laugh."
Mr Harrow has written two previous productions, he said the group was fortunate enough to have John Hincks directing the play and two additional writers.
Attendees are encouraged to dress up as cow gals or cow boys on the night of the performance.