12:28 Thursday 20 February 2014

Black coffee leaves a bitter taste in play full of thrills

Written byJOANNA CRAIG

‘THE devil is in the details’ for any murder mystery and Agatha Christie’s Black Coffee was no exception.

Entertaining and thrilling from the beginning, Black Coffee took the audience at the Regent Theatre in Stoke-on-Trent for an edge-of-the-seat journey through the mystery of one cup of coffee which left a bitter taste in the mouth.

The opening scene was chilling, as the family scene quickly turned dark with the murder of eccentric inventor Sir Claud Amory.

As the three acts played out, the classic Agatha Christie formula of comedy and mystery kept the audience on their toes.

I was left guessing until the final scene on the identity of the murderer, like in any good murder mystery, as red herrings were placed throughout to make for a surprising ending.

A mixed audience of all ages attended the play, demonstrating that Agatha Christie is a writer of universal appeal.

Poirot was triumphant over the murderer at the last minute with his character superior wisdom and wit.

As the final scene came to a close, a memorable Poirot line for me as he eventually defeats the murderer with his attention to detail was: “I refuse to take part in your comedy, but I will let you take part in mine.”

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