Theatre / “Homicide on the Nile”, written by Agatha Christie, directed by Jon Elphick. At Belconnen Theatre till October 29. Reviewed by LEN POWER.
“DEATH on the Nile”, one of many nice Agatha Christie novels, was first printed in 1937. It was dramatised as “Homicide on the Nile” and opened in London’s West Finish in 1946.
It’s in all probability finest identified to audiences who flocked to the 1978 movie adaptation with Peter Ustinov and an all-star solid and the TV model with David Suchet in 2004. The much less stated in regards to the overblown 2021 movie adaptation by Kenneth Branagh, the higher.
Whereas the novel and movies characteristic the beloved character, Hercule Poirot, it’s a shock to seek out that the play doesn’t embody him. As an alternative, now we have a parson, Canon Pennyfather.
This enabled Christie to have a personality with a believably murky previous in order that suspicion falls on him, too. Christie felt that this variation gave the play extra drama as audiences would have determined that Poirot was above suspicion.
The drama all takes place on the remark deck of the paddle steamer, “Lotus” on the River Nile in Egypt between Shellal and Wadi Haifa. The properly designed set by director Elphick offers loads of taking part in space for the substantial solid.
The play strikes at a superb tempo and the director has ensured that the solid give well-rounded characterisations.
Kim Wilson takes the lead as Canon Pennyfather and is especially high-quality and plausible. The remainder of the solid all give good performances. Of explicit be aware are Christina Grant, because the harried companion; Paul Jackson as Dr Bessner, with a sensible German accent and manner; Jacqueline Forrester because the newly-wed wealthy woman, Kay Mostyn, and Mark Ritchie as her bridegroom, Simon Mostyn.
One other Kim Wilson as Jacqueline De Severac, the spurned and jealous girlfriend of Simon Mostyn and Kah-Mun Wong as Louise, a mysterious passenger from Paris, additionally give good performances.
An enormous shock on this manufacturing was that Kim Wilson (who performed Jacqueline De Severac), Kah-Mun Wong and Jacqueline Forrester are comparatively new to performing on stage. Their performances had been assured with a plausible sense of the characters they had been taking part in. They carried out as if that they had been performing for years and have a vivid future.
My companion, who had not seen the present in any movie adaptation and had not learn the novel, was fully fooled by the ingenious plot. For individuals who know the plot from the novel or movies, it’s a uncommon probability to see the way it works on stage. That is certainly one of Tempo Theatre’s higher productions.
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