Tuesday, 18 October 2011
This was done by a local dramatic company. It is odd how expectations change with the setting. At one point a character came on stage too early and saw something they shouldn’t have. About two minutes later you find out this was deliberate but at the time I thought it was a mistake by the actress. Maybe the quality of the performance affecting my thinking in this matter. The play was also remarkable for the whistling maid who came on and tidied the set whilst everyone else was changing costume, kind of denoting time passing. She was whistling Elvis with the sight of it causing a little puzzlement and then strange mirth in the audience. As a play it is not one of Agatha Christie’s best. It does not feature any of the great detectives although you feel that she could have turned one of the characters into a long running character if she had not already got a few to write about. In many ways it reminded me of The Seven Dials Mystery and Lady Eileen “Bundle” Brent who is my favourite Christie character slightly ahead of Tommy and Tuppence Beresford.