by Leslie Darbon
Theatre West Van – West Vancouver, BC
Cast Size: 12 (5M, 7F)
This was my first directing job after an extended break, and certainly was a challenge with a cast of 12. Fortunately, the cast was stellar, and were able to interpret this lesser-known Agatha Christie murder mystery in post-war rural England.
An announcement in the local paper states the time and place when a murder is to occur in Miss Blacklock’s Victorian house. The victim is not one of the house’s several occupants, but an unexpected and unknown visitor. What follows is a classic Christie puzzle of mixed motives, concealed identities, a second death, a determined Inspector grimly following the twists and turns, and Miss Marple on hand to provide the final solution at some risk to herself in a dramatic confrontation just before the final curtain.
Scripts: Samuel French