A gripping ‘whodunnit’, featuring a different ending in each performance! And Then There Were None is a 1943 play by British crime writer Agatha Christie. It was performed in special arrangement with Samuel French Ltd.
In 2012, Kevin staged his first public performance ‘Lankawe Twins Kalabala’, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s A Comedy of Errors. Soon after that performance, Kevin was requested by some of the Thespians he worked with at St. Joseph’s to produce his next show. At that point, he was was still uncertain about doing something on his own, because, although Kevin had experience directing, he had not attempted a full-length play. Nonetheless, with the backing of individuals like Anuk De Silva, Dino Corera, Sachintha Dias and the confidence he got from his previous production, Kevin followed his gut and took the long leap of faith.
Having finally decided to go ahead with a show, his next question was what it would be. Being a huge fan of murder mysteries, there was no surprise when he decided to produce one of Agatha Christie’s classics, ‘And Then There Were None’. “It kept me at the edge of my seat not knowing what was coming next. I felt that the audience will feel the same way and will enjoy the mystery” is what Kevin said when he was asked about his choice.
Kevin also wanted his own soundtracks for the play. Hence, he reached out to one of his friends Geethika Cooray to help him out. Geethika then introduced Kevin to Hirushan Maddumaarachchi who composed original soundtracks for the play. Hirushan was a great addition to COLD Theatre 7 and his music, along with the Music Direction provided by Geethika, certainly complemented the mystery Kevin wanted to project. Kevin also played with his creativity and ended the play in three different ways (whilst not deviating from the script) each night. It was something new; it was something fresh and it added to the excitement of the audience. Some came to watch the show a second time just to see what was different and some often inquired from the director and the actors as to what was different on the other nights. Due credit has to be given to the backstage crew and the technical team for being on their toes by learning the changes a few hours before the show and then pulling it off effortlessly on show nights.
‘And Then There Were None’ was staged at the British School Auditorium, Colombo and was well received by the audience members. Being CT7’s first play, ‘And Then There Were None’ was a resounding success for the theatre troupe.
|Dates||1 – 3 November 2013|
|Venue||British School Auditorium, Colombo 08|
|Directed by||Kevin Cruze|
|Thomas Rogers||Dulika Jayamanne|
|Ethel Rogers||Pyumi Sumanasekera, Shenellka De Silva|
|Fred Narracott||Enrico Silva, Russel Valentine|
|Vera Claythorne||Liza De Jong, Irandi Gunaratne|
|Capt. Philip Lombard||Sachintha Dias|
|Anthony Marston||Roshith Ranasinghe|
|William Henry Blore||Dino Corera|
|Gen. John Gordon MacKenzie||Shehan Wijemanne|
|Emily Brent||Kavitha Gunesekera|
|Sir Lawrence Wargrave||Chrishan Silva|
|Dr. Edward Armstrong||Anuk De Silva|
|Opening Chorus||Alex Jalendran, Amal Rodrigo, Aushadie Wickramasinghe, Delshan Fernando, Indumini Peiris, Nicole Liyanage, Nigel Lord, Prathap Kumaraperuma, Russel Valentine, Stefan Stainwall|