This review comes from Night Writes guest reviewer Jack Mitchell
A murder mystery in a quaint British village is a genre we are all familiar with thanks to Agatha Christie, Cluedo, and Hot Fuzz alike. As a well-trodden path, it is formula that is ripe for parody, and Murder Village sets out to do just that with their hour-long improvised show, playing its Sydney premiere until Sunday October 2nd at Sydney Fringe.
While Henrik Ibsen is most known among theatre audiences for his stage plays A Doll’s House and Hedda Gabler but his stage adaptation of his epic poem “Peer Gynt” with musical composition by Edvard Grieg remains one of his most performed works as a story steeped in Norwegian culture and folklore.
The Cold War was a time of great paranoia with international powers Russia, China, the US, and the UK all vying for political and ideological dominance. In Australia, growing suspicions about communism meant a ramping up of national intelligence and ASIO surveillance of everyone, including everyday Australian citizens.
Hidden in obscurity since its cancelled 1931 premiere, the Secret of Chimneys makes its Australian debut nearly a century later in a rather more subdued 20s era. From the prolific crime writer Agatha Christie, this tale features stolen jewels, mistaken identities, political intrigue, and, of course, murder.