Whodunnit sure to thrill
■ 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.
Josh Vinen, as Dr John Cristow, and Teagan Brown, as Veronica Craye, in a scene from The Hollow.