This show combines the talents of Nicky Barry, Ben Volchok, Duff, Sofie Prints, Adam Jacobs, Paul Brown and Darren Lever for an evening of parody, satire and a little bit of murder in this take on the classic ‘whodunnit’ genre.
‘And Then There Were Not As Many’, a title that takes inspiration from the well known Agatha Christie novel ‘And Then There Were None’, had a few less classic Agatha Christie archetypes and references than some may expect. That said, it made up for it with an enthusiastic cast.
Our butler and lead detective were the standouts for the night; both became their characters and helped create the atmosphere of the night. A key factor in the enjoyment of this experience is the world that you are brought into. This world is the ‘isolated manor’ set in (what the audience assumes to be) the English countryside. What took the audience out of this world (at least for my experience) was the excessive amount of swearing. Despite being useful in one or two occasions for humours sake, the vast majority of it felt jarring and out of place.
At some points throughout the night, the show felt like a sketch from 'The Goodies', with the characters on the extreme end of personality scales as well as the use of silliness and props to draw humour. ‘And Then There Were Not As Many’ is full of satire as well as some action and even a little drama. The show has taken full artistic licence with the genre and created an absurd evening of mystery.
Catch the murderer in ‘And Then There Were Not As Many’ at the Highlander from 10 to 22 April [no Sundays]. For more information and to book tickets, click here!
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