No season would be complete at Sydney’s Genesian Theatre in Kent Street without presenting one of Agatha Christie’s gripping tales. “Appointment With Death” is this year’s chosen production and it will have you guessing, right from the very start, which member of the cast is to be “killed off” and which one “did it”.
All the action happens in the rose red city of Petra, where the characters or “suspects” are holidaying in an exotic hotel. Set in the hotel foyer, we meet each of the cast and immediately start looking for clues as we get to know their personalities. Mrs Boynton stands out as being particularly horrible, amongst a group of equally nasty characters, all with a motive to cause trouble. Once the murder has occurred, the clues all come to light, as the audience trys to play detective. Naturally every character seems to have a motive and with plenty of red herrings, we are left to the very end trying to guess who the guilty one is.
Directed by Barry Nielsen, with costumes designed by Susan Carveth and lighting by Michael Schell, the scene is set for the actors to draw the audience into the mystery. The set designed by Owen Gimblett gives the production a genuine atmosphere of being in the old mysterious Middle East. I loved the elevator in the hotel foyer, a clever touch.
“Appointment With Death” is currently playing at The Genesian Theatre until 20 August 2016 on Friday and Saturday nights at 8pm with a Sunday matinée at 4.30pm. The performance runs for two and a half hours with an interval.