Enacting a tale of suspense and humour

Enacting a tale of suspense and humour

Play time

Mysterious: A scene from ‘And Then There Were None’.

The suspense was retained throughout the play and every moment was thrilling.

The eagerness to know what comes next remained right till the end of the play. The play had ten characters and all of them were given equal importance and there were moments when all of them would be on stage at the same time.

A fine balance was struck between humour and suspense. ‘And Then There Were None’ is a timeless tale of suspense, suspicion, sins, revenge and guilt.

Ten strangers with a past to hide meet at Paradise Isle, a guest house on an isolated island, as guests of a certain Ghosh, promising them an ideal holiday.

Within hours of arriving, the guests realise none of them are acquainted with Ghosh, and that their unknown host has other plans for them.

Bringing to light ten secrets and sins committed, the guests find themselves trapped in the hands of a psychopath who will bring them to justice. As the plot unfolds, an unknown assassin exacts the ultimate revenge on the island's guests for their past crimes.

Each character did full justice to his role. The writer of the play, Reshma said that the play was scripted in such a way that all the characters on stage are given equal importance.

“There’s no one dominant character. They all have their respective roles to play and none clash with the other,” explained Reshma.

Reshma explains that during the course of the play each character keeps disappearing one by one until the last one is left.

“It’s a tale of suspense. Each character begins to wonder what happened to the other person,” she added.

Those who have read Agatha Christie's novel ‘And Then There Were None’ were impressed with the way the novel was adapted to suit the Indian psyche.

Anup Sagar, a theatre enthusiast, said he loved every scene of the play. “The suspense was held throughout. There were edge-of-the seat moments and I loved the way the play was tuned to suit the Indian setting,” said Anup.

Arvind, another member of the audience said, “I noticed that all the characters were immersed in their role and that made the play all the more interesting.”

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