Dial M for Murder
Tue 21 Apr – Sat 25 Apr 2015
The Grand Opera House, Belfast
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Margot Wendice is an innocent woman; she must be, as criminals don’t reside in desirable London postcodes. And yet, she finds herself embroiled in an intricate and devious murder plot: first as the intended victim, then as the reluctant killer. There is a body in the study, but whose is it and how did it get there?
Following their sell-out run of Noël Coward’s Brief Encounter, Wireless Mystery Theatre recreates the elegant craft, glamour, and high anxiety of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic of suspense, in their own inimitable style.
The Wireless Mystery Theatre has brought back to the stage one of Alfred Hitchcock’s greatest mysteries and brought it to life in the Baby Grand Theatre of The Grand Opera House, Belfast.
The script, kept virtually identical to the original film version, brings to life the characters of Margot Wendice, her American lover Max, her husband Tony, the bounder Captain Lesgate (Swann) and of course Chief Inspector Hubbard.
The actors played their characters with brilliant inter plays of dialogue, subtle use of props and fairly believable period accents. True, a little bit of stage nerves may have got to one of the cast members towards the end, but in all honesty, that only added to the suspense and drama played out on stage.
The play itself is a “one room” play; minimalistic but practical in period style, art and décor. The stage hands were virtually invisible as the audience’s vision was directed to the projections on a white sheet which were both humorous and perfectly set within the play’s time period. Indeed for such a small production in front of a VERY intimate audience, the stage hands were almost invisible, something more recent productions could perhaps learn from.
Anyone familiar with this classic movie will know the plot and the ending, but I’m not going to spoil it for. Suffice to say that, though the source material may now be 60 years old, this production is incredibly fresh and entertaining.
The best performance I have seen this year – a must see!
4 (and some well bitten finger nails) out of 5 Nerds