Who­dun­nit sure to thrill

Pilbara News - - Pilbara Education - Ali­cia Perera

■ Kar­ratha res­i­dents crav­ing a good English who­dun­nit are in for a treat this week­end, when lo­cal drama school StarStruck Per­form­ing Arts Acad­emy presents a pro­duc­tion based on the work of the peer­less Agatha Christie.

StarStruck is per­form­ing the stage version of The Hol­low, a mur­der-mystery cen­tred on who killed phi­lan­der­ing Dr John Cris­tow dur­ing a stay at his friends’ English manor. The show has al­ready been to Derby and Port Hed­land, and will wrap up the Kar­ratha run on Fri­day night.

The Hol­low is the third pro­duc­tion StarStruck’s founder and co-or­di­na­tor Tea­gan Brown has put on since start­ing the acad­emy when she moved to Kar­ratha two years ago.

She set­tled on this show be­cause she wanted to do “some­thing big” and has long been a huge Christie fan.

“(Agatha Christie) is fab­u­lous,” she said. “I like the way she sets scenes. It’s just so well­writ­ten — it’s proper English, it’s just beau­ti­ful. It’s how the­atre should be.”

The show’s cast has an even mix of ex­pe­ri­enced and in­ex­pe­ri­enced ac­tors, thanks to Ms Brown’s phi­los­o­phy of wel­com­ing any­one in­ter­ested in the­atre.

The pro­ducer and one of its stars, Dale Jenk­ins, came to the acad­emy as a con­struc­tion worker with no act­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, and 15-year-old Kar­ratha Se­nior High School stu­dent Rachael Can­ning is the stage man­ager.

Asked what au­di­ences should ex­pect from The Hol­low, Ms Brown said there was plenty on of­fer.

“Fun , scan­dal, a good laugh, a very English sense of hu­mour,” she said.

The Hol­low is show­ing in Kar­ratha’s Tam­brey Cen­tre Func­tion Room on Fri­day, Novem­ber 20, from 7-9pm.

Tick­ets are avail­able from try­book­ing.com.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Perera

Josh Vi­nen, as Dr John Cris­tow, and Tea­gan Brown, as Veron­ica Craye, in a scene from The Hol­low.

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