LAST week was the anniversary of Agatha Christie’s birthday, 120 years ago, and over the weekend Centre Stage theatre group performed the most fitting of tributes to the Queen of Crime - A Murder is Announced.
Challenging to stage, Christie’s works rely on complex verbal and visual clues and all-important red herrings. Centre Stage performed this popular Miss Marple clue puzzle with poise and skill.
The audience were invited to attend the murder mystery through newspaper clipping-style advertising - in the same way that the characters are invited to attend a murder at Little Paddocks at 6:30 pm.
The murderer delivers on time and Miss Marple, delicately portrayed by Pat Causon, and the world-weary and cynical Inspector Craddock (Mick Hill) must detect the true identity of the killer.
Craddock and Marple constantly vied for superiority in their sleuthing, throughout the performance, which resulted in a great dynamic, as false identity and murder were unmasked.
The attention to detail, now a trademark of Centre Stage, and the superb casting ensured that the audience was transported to an England at the peak of The Golden Age, to find out ‘whodunnit’!