New Farm community theatre group Nash Theatre group are preparing to stage Agatha Christie’s murder mystery The Unexpected Visitor next month.
Director Sharon White said a lot of the British author’s plays were adapted by other playwrights. However, Christie wrote The Unexpected Visitor herself.
“A man stumbles into a study in a remote country house in Wales, and finds a dead body. He also finds a woman, holding a gun.”
“He’s the unexpected guest, and the woman is the wife of the man who’s dead. He decides that he doesn’t want her to get hanged – which would’ve been the punishment at the time – or even put in prison for life.
“He decides to help her concoct a story that someone blundered in from outside who had a grudge against the murdered man, and saved her from the hangman’s noose.”
But that’s only the beginning. Like all of Christie’s mysteries, twists, turns and multiple suspects fill out the plot.
“I’ve read every book Agatha Christie ever wrote. She’s very clever in the way she pushes suspicion onto almost everybody. She’s so involved in the story,” White said.
“Though I know her work so well, when I read this script it was a surprise to me. And I thought if it could surprise me, then hopefully it’ll surprise the audience.”
The Unexpected Guest is running from July 13 to August 4 at Nash Theatre, located at The Brunswick Room in the Merthyr Road Uniting Church at 52 Merthyr Road in New Farm.
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