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Agatha Christie - Murder on Air

Agatha Christie - Murder on Air

Murder on Air is a series of three 30 minute radio dramas, played out on stage, written by Agatha Christie. These plays are Personal Call, The Yellow Iris and Butter in a Lordly Dish.

The stage is set as a late 1930’s radio production studio complete with On Air signs, microphones and a Foley artist’s desk (those who make sound effects).

The players arrive to perform the pieces for live broadcast and the audience is effectively listening to their wireless sets in the comfort of their own home.

For those of who enjoy radio dramas this is a real treat, the ability to use your imagination to create the scenes and to see how a radio show was produced before the advent of ‘easy’ recording techniques.

Powell and Goddard take the lead roles in each of the plays, they are enjoyable to watch on stage and deliver their parts with feeling and attention. The whole cast is very professional being able to deliver everything from sound effects, voices and even maracas playing!

Alexander Bermange, the Foley artist, is a joy to watch as he creates each scenes atmosphere with a wide selection of sound effects all delivered on que, but watch out for flying cabbage...

Christie’s stories are always full of twists, turns and dead ends and these three plays will not disappoint. They are excellent examples of the short story style engaging and entertaining with the power to leave you wondering ‘who dunnit’.

Murder on Air runs at the Lowry until Saturday 20th September and we recommend that you go and see this performance. You can get tickets by clicking here quaytickets.com

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Published: 17-Sep-2014

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