The Strange Case of Hotel Morgue

Edgar Allan Poe's classic detective story - coming soon!


We take you back in time, to France, to a small village in the countryside not far from Paris. A calm, tranquil countryside. But all is not well. Following a series of horrific murders the little village is shocked and the police mystified and confused.
The Play Group’s new production, The Strange Case of Hotel Morgue is freely based on Edgar Allan Poe’s classic The Murders in the Rue Morgue with the investigative figure of Auguste Dupin. The novel is considered to be the first modern detective story in world literature. The Play Group’s new production also owes much to the style of Arthur Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie and their famous characters Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot.
In typical interactive and humorous Play Group style, your students will be taken on a wonderful journey of mystery and imagination, bordering at times on the fantastic, with lots of twists and turns and more than one surprise! More importantly, the clear and accessible language used will be adapted to suit all levels, from elementary to University students of English.

Summary of the story

The story begins with a gentleman called Dupin in his house with a friend. He reads a terrible story in the newspaper. A violent killer murdered an old woman and her daughter. The old woman was decapitated and her body was thrown out of the house. The daughter was strangled and her body was found inside the chimney of their apartment.
The police have no idea how the killer escaped, because the women’s apartment was locked from the inside. Dupin and his friend - the narrator of the story - decide to help the police. Dupin studies the crime scene. His brilliant interpretation identifies that the murderer was an escaped orangutan. Of course, the police are not happy that Dupin solved the case first!
This is the real story: the orangutan came with a sailor to Paris from Borneo, an island in Indonesia. The orangutan lived in the sailor’s house and every day he saw the sailor shaving. One night, the orangutan escaped with the sailor’s razor and ran through the streets of Paris.
When the animal saw a light in a window, he climbed into the house, which was the old woman’s apartment. He wanted to shave her with the razor but she resisted. He became violent and decapitated her. The orangutan then threw her body out of the window and he strangled the daughter. When the sailor arrived at the window, the orangutan decided to hide the daughter’s body in the chimney.

Riassunto delle storia in italiano

La storia apre con un uomo di nome Dupin che è a casa sua con un amico. Dupin legge una storia terribile sul giornale. Un violento assassino ha ucciso una donna anziana e sua figlia. La vecchia fu decapitata e il suo corpo fu gettato fuori di casa. La figlia è stata strangolata e il suo corpo è stato trovato all'interno del camino del loro appartamento.
La polizia non ha idea di come sia scappato l'assassino, perché l'appartamento delle donne era chiuso a chiave dall'interno. Dupin e il suo amico - il narratore della storia - decidono di aiutare la polizia. Dupin studia la scena del crimine. La sua brillante interpretazione degli indizi identifica l'assassino - un orangutan fuggito. Certo, la polizia non è contenta che Dupin abbia risolto il caso prima di loro.
Questa è la vera storia: l'orangutan arrivò con un marinaio a Parigi dal Borneo, un'isola in Indonesia. L'orangutan viveva nella casa del marinaio e ogni giorno osservava la rasatura del marinaio. Una sera, l'orangutan fuggì con il rasoio del marinaio e corse per le strade di Parigi.
Quando l'animale vide una luce in una finestra, entrò nella casa, che era l'appartamento della vecchia. Voleva raderla con il rasoio ma lei resistette. L’orangutan è diventato violento e l'ha quasi decapitata. L'orangutan quindi gettò il suo corpo fuori dalla finestra e strangolò la figlia. Quando il marinaio arrivò alla finestra, l'orangutan decise di nascondere il corpo della figlia nel camino.

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