The Beaver reviews Drama Society’s first production of the year: an adaptation of Agatha Christie’s famous And Then There Were None.
Ten strangers are lured to Soldier Island. All are taken by surprise when an unseen host announces a dark secret about each of them. Soon after, one of the strangers is murdered. After concluding that they are alone on the island, they realise not only that the murderer is among them, but that they’ll strike again.
Directors Danai Aberg and Ross Lloyd have clearly identified the core element of any good murder mystery: tension. As each body drops, the tension between the remaining characters heightens. The story is adeptly accompanied by sound and lighting effects as well as a simple, yet effectively utilised, set design.
With such a large ensemble of characters, some could easily be washed away by the unfolding drama. But by displaying enough individuality in their distinct performances, the cast ensures this doesn’t become an issue. Moreover, some professionals could take advice from the accent work portrayed here.
Alessandro Genovese is intimidating as Lawrence Wargrave, commanding the attention of characters and audience members. But Jamie Boucher’s Philip Lombard is one character that refuses to play by someone else’s rules. His ever-present audacity and relaxed outlook are refreshing attributes among the distressed ensemble.
A notable scene is an emotional one between Delmar Terblanche’s John Mackenzie and Heather Daniel’s Vera Claythorne. Even in the less dramatic moments, there is a lot of talent to appreciate and enjoy. Imogen Glen’s performance of Emily Brent is excellent. Watching this tightly wound character’s tirades is fascinating.
The Drama Society has a strong start this year in And Then There Were None, and perhaps features the best-looking casts of LSE’s productions. It’s also the best use of The Venue in a while.
Tickets are available for the Monday 19th, Tuesday 20th and Thursday 22nd November shows of LSE SU Drama Society’s And Then There Were None. Tickets can be purchased here at £3 for Drama Society members, £5 for students and £8 for members of the general public.