Play­ers bring mur­der to Putaruru stage

South Waikato News - - Your Paper, Your Place - LUKE KIRKEBY

When it comes to clas­sic crime fic­tion Agatha Christie is one of the greats and al­though she died in 1976 her work con­tin­ues to en­ter­tain.

The Putaruru The­atre Play­ers are get­ting in on the ac­tion by bring­ing Christie’s 1950 novel Mur­der is An­nounced to The Kens­ing­ton The­atre stage from July 30.

Public­ity spokesper­son Jay Ward, who has been in­volved with the group since 1980, said the play will of­fer plenty of ex­cite­ment.

A‘‘An an­nounce­ment in the lo­cal pa­per states the time and a place when a mur­der is to oc­cur and 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 [char­ac­ter] Miss Marple pro­vid­ing the fi­nal so­lu­tion at some risk to her­self,’’ she said.

‘‘There is a cast of 12 who all had to audition and two new ones and Gary Robin­son and Steve Hill will be di­rect­ing.’’

‘‘Gary di­rected And Then There Were None, which is an­other Agatha Christie, a cou­ple of years ago and it was very suc­cess­ful so we though we would do an­other one.’’

‘‘There is noth­ing quite like watch­ing live the­atre and it al­lows every­one to have a go,’’ she said.

Pro­duc­tion team leader Matt An­drew said he was look­ing for­ward to open­ing night.

‘‘This is a very well known play by a well known writer so it is ex­cit­ing to get to see peo­ple act­ing out a book that a lot of peo­ple like,’’ he said.

Ward said the show’s crew are cur­rently busy pre­par­ing the set and com­plet­ing other ren­o­va­tions fol­low­ing a sub­stan­tial flood in the the­atre ear­lier in the year.

‘‘Luck­ily we had in­sur­ance but it has been a slow process hav­ing to sort ev­ery­thing out,’’ she said.

Shows will be held on Sat­ur­day, July 30 at 7.30pm, Sun­day, July 31 at 2pm, Wednes­day, Au­gust 3 at 7.30pm, Thurs­day, Au­gust 4 at 7.30pm, Fri­day, Au­gust 5 at 7.30pm, and Sat­ur­day, Au­gust 6 at 7.30pm.

Tick­ets are $20 for adults and $16 for stu­dents. Book­ings can be made at Van Dyks in Putaruru’s Main St or by call­ing 883 7814.

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