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Go Back For Murder

Go Back For Murder by Agatha Christie review at People’s Theatre

~ a guest blog by Cheish Merryweather

Photo credit: Paula Smart

 

 

The Queen of Crime Agatha Christie sends us back to the 1960s to meet Carla Le Marchant who is desperate to clear her mother’s name of murder. 20 years earlier, her mother was charged with poisoning her husband Amyas Crale but a letter sent from prison claims she is innocent. Now Carla is determined to investigate the murder herself.

With the help of the trustworthy solicitor Justin Fogg, who has followed the case closely, they work together to unravel family secrets and motives of the individuals who were present on the day of the murder.

The first half is one you have to stick with to get to the second half when things really start to heat up as we ‘go back’ in time. Carla has managed to persuade the suspects to return to the scene of the crime, her childhood home, and re-enact the day of the murder when her father was poisoned.

So who did it?

Caroline Crale? The wife he cheated on, who was found guilty of poisoning him. However, in a letter from her prison deathbed she told her daughter Carla that she was innocent of the crime. Was she telling the truth?

Meredith Blake? An old friend of the family who harboured a secret passion. He was an amateur herbalist and distilled his own poisons. Did he administer the deadly hemlock?

Philip Blake? A confirmed bachelor and best friend of Amyas. He was once briefly in love with Caroline but she rejected him in favour of Amyas. Did long-standing jealousies finally lead to revenge?

Elsa Greer? The lover of Amyas and model for his final painting. They were having a passionate relationship – did that passion boil over into murder?

Angela Warren? The 14-year old stepsister of Caroline Crale. She was jealous of Amyas’ relationship with her sister and was being sent away to school. Is that a motive for murder in a teenager’s mind?

Miss Williams? The governess to Angela who disapproved of Amyas’ affairs. She was strongly protective of Angela and Caroline. Could that make her a killer?

With lies being spun and memories now vague – can Carla and Justin pick up on the subtle clues that will help solve this crime for good?

This whodunnit at People’s Theatre is a very well-staged production of the Agatha Christie classic and a great start to 2018.

 

LISTINGS INFORMATION – Go Back For Murder by Agatha Christie

DATE: Tuesday 16 – Saturday 20 January 2018

TIME: 7.30pm

VENUE: People’s Theatre, Stephenson Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE6 5QF

TICKETS: £13.50 (Concessions £11)

BOX OFFICE: 0191 265 5020

WEBSITE: www.peoplestheatre.co.uk

 

go back for murder

 

~ a guest blog by Cheish Merryweather

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