And Then There Were None
|Date||14th March 2020|
|Society||Hilltop Theatre Company|
|Venue||Pentyrch Village Hall|
|Type of Production||Play|
|Director||Sian Williams assisted by Hilary Evans|
Author: Allan Mears
Agatha Christie wrote this novel with a different title in 1939 and she adapted it for the stage in 1943 with some plot and name changes. While many playwrights bring out the best in their characters, Christie is unafraid to mine the worst in hers. The story involves eight guests who have never met each other lured by a cryptic invitation to a deserted island and marooned, along with two house servants.
Steve Williams as Rogers & Jane Sinclair as Mrs Rogers. Rogers was a rather pompous character and his wife a stubborn and dogmatic woman, both played really well, who were well paired.
Iain Campbell as Fred Narracott the skipper, looked very much the part of a ‘salty seadog’.
Doireann Gilmore as Vera Claythorne gave a strong interpretation of this role. Her carefully coiffed hairdo and costumes added to the warm yet refined appeal of the character. Her natural ability to cry at the end of the play was touching.
Joshua Ogle as Philip Lombard, a bombastic and arrogant figure. A man with a shady past, commanded the stage and bringing moments of light relief with his flippant remarks!
Richard Jones as Anthony Marston, the indulged reckless young man. This character was fiery and quick tempered.
Dai Williams as William Blore was thoughtful and pondering, always looking for clues. Good double sided character, a bold performance throughout the play.
Phil Davies as General Mackenzie had a solitary feel about him which was so right for this character.
Delyth Mai Lewis as Emily Brent was a force to be reckoned with. A waspish, crotchety spinster and displayed some fantastic facial expressions. A lovely strong no-nonsense performance.
Martyn Foster Lewis as Si Lawrence Wargrave led the way with a controlled performance with just the right calm but authoritative temperament. This was a well rounded performance.
Mark Pinches as Dr. Armstrong portrayed the character well, of a man with a nervous and timid disposition.
With a peripheral eye constantly watching the soldier figures on the fireplace, knowing that one will suspiciously disappear after each death, I was impressed with how I never noticed a single one being removed . This play was well cast with actors who seemingly relished playing their stereotypical characters.
The set was well designed, depicting a typical drawing-room of the genre. Excellent lighting and realistic sound effects.