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A killer performance at Kateri Hall

They say your sense of smell is the one linked closest to your memory. Sometimes the savoury smell of a pot of soup might take you back to Sunday nights at tóta’s, the scent of fresh-cut grass can remind you of a hot summer day, or a whiff of fried chicken was a telling sign that your father was home for the weekend from ironworking. 

This Wednesday night, I was teleported back to my youth the second I walked through the doors of Kateri Hall to see Turtle Island’s newest show, Agatha Christie’s And then there were none

Although the old stage has been removed, the seating has been torn down, and the lobby has changed quite a bit. 

For many, this dusty old building will not only be a place where they learned to sing and dance, but a safe and welcoming place where they learned to grow out of their shell and find out who they really are. For many, coming back to this dusty old building is like coming home.

Personally, I am a huge murder-mystery fan. When planning movie nights, I often boast about films such as Knives Out, The Glass Onion and A Haunting in Venice The puzzle of not knowing who the killer is and better yet not knowing who the next victim is going to be, is exactly what keeps audiences at the edge of their seats. 

The cast ofAnd then there were nonetook everything I love about the usual whodunits, embodying the usual tropes, and kept us all in the dark while we each tried to figure out this enigma. 

Director Kevin John Saylor came out at the beginning to introduce the show while giving a brief history of the attempts made to keep theatre alive in the community. 

“Do your best to follow the clues,” he said, leading the audience to pay close attention to details happening both on and off stage. But it was the time in between scene changes where the lights were low that you could hear the crowd whispering, “I think the butler did it,” “it was the old man,” “my money’s on the secretary,” which I think was the best part of the experience.

Without divulging too much of the plot, the show introduced us to a small group of characters all anonymously invited to a remote island, of course all having their own connection and motives. 

There were no small parts in this show, as the tight cast played each of their parts remarkably and every character had their moment – even if it was their last. 

Everyone aided in bringing the show to life. I remember watching one character across stage while the action was happening somewhere else. And just as I think I spotted the killer, that character dies next. Everything from the lights, props, set, and music help pull all into the world, and place the entire audience like a fly on the wall, watching as the twists and turns unfold.

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This article was originally published in print on July 5 in issue 33.27 of The Eastern Door.

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