A MURDER IS ANNOUNCED

May 22, 2017

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There’s nothing like a good Agatha Christie to make people leave the comfort of their homes on these cold evenings. Judging by the packed house at the performance I attended of the Genesian Theatre’s current offering, I would have to conclude that Miss Marple is a crowd pleaser.

Each year the Genesian season includes an Agatha Christie play and their current showing of “A Murder Is Announced”, adapted by Leslie Darbon, does not disappoint. In typical Christie style, there are many red herrings thrown around to keep the audience guessing, but as usual, the guilty person is the least likely and is not revealed until the last moments of the performance.

 

Genesian Theatre 10 May 2017 - Homepix Photography - 0372.jpgThe action takes place in a very English drawing room inhabited by the very English characters one associates with a typical Christie play. This time there is no immediate body to be found, but the anticipation of one soon to appear is what keeps everyone guessing after a murder, which is to occur in Miss Blacklock’s house, is announced in the local paper.

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Directed by John Grinston, the play is fast paced and the performances from the large cast are excellent, that one sometimes forgets this is amateur theatre.

“A Murder is Announced” is currently playing at the Genesian Theatre, 420 Kent Street, Sydney until 24 June 2017. Friday & Saturday nights at 7.30pm with a Sunday matinée at 4.30pm. Running time is 2 hours 40 minutes, with a 20 minute interval.

Sandra Tiltman

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“APPOINTMENT WITH DEATH” AT GENESIAN THEATRE

July 19, 2016

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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”.

posterAll 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.

Sandra Tiltman    


GO BACK FOR MURDER by Agatha Christie

September 17, 2015

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Lovers of a good murder mystery are always keen to see any play by Agatha Christie, the master of mystery, and fans of this genre will not be disappointed with the Genesian Theatre’s current production of “Go Back For Murder”.

Directed by Michael Heming, with a clever set designed by Garry Bates that makes for quick and easy scene changes, the production manages to capture the moods portrayed in the play’s variety of the settings, from a legal office to a country home.

In this brilliant edge of your seat whodunnit, we follow Carla’s quest to obtain justice for her mother who was sent to gaol after being charged and found guilty of poisoning her philandering husband.

Carla’s mother died in jail, but left her daughter a letter insisting on her innocence.

GBFM 5With the assistance of solicitor Justin Fogg, who followed the case closely, Carla makes it her mission to clear her mother’s name and aims to interrogate the five other people present when the crime was committed twenty years previously, to learn the truth.

Tamryn Liddell and David Hopkins make a wonderful team as Carla Le Marchant and Justin Fogg.

I won’t spoil the surprise, you will have to see the play to find out if Carla’s mother was as innocent as she states.

Playing until 3 October 2015, with performances on Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. plus a matinee at 4.30 p.m. on Sunday.

Sandra Tiltman

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