Agatha Christie’s ‘The Mirror Crack’d’ Unfolds In Goa

A phenomenal actress hosts a cocktail party at her palatial villa. It’s glamorous, well-attended…and ends with homicide. If this sounds just like the plot of an Agatha Christie novel, it’s as a result of it’s the story of her novel The Mirror Crack’d from Side to Side. On Sunday, January 30, the National Centre for Performing Arts (NCPA), Mumbai, will stage an English adaptation of the e-book starring Sonali Kulkarni as Mamta Basu, a Bollywood actress residing in Goa, and Shernaz Patel as Miss Mistry (the Indian Miss Marple). The manufacturing is a collaboration between Wales Millennium Centre and Wiltshire Creative Production and is directed by British director Melly Still. The play has been tailored for the stage as The Mirror Crack’d by British author Rachel Flagstaff. Writer Ayeesha Menon has reimagined the play for the Indian viewers. Menon spoke to us in regards to the challenges of adapting Christie, how she picks initiatives and her favorite authors.

The play can be staged at Jamshed Bhabha Theatre, NCPA, Mumbai from Sunday, January 30 to Sunday, February 9 at 7.30pm.

How have you ever tailored Agatha Christie for the Indian audiences?

This is a narrative set in a sleepy village in England. Immediately, it turned necessary to search out an equal of that environment however set in India. I ultimately settled on Goa. It was then necessary to assume by every character’s traits and what their character arcs had been to search out out who they’d be in the event that they had been Indian. Also, there are some necessary themes that wanted to be translated. In the unique, the story befell within the context of a brand new growth advanced being constructed close by and the residents being cautious of what this inflow of outsiders would do to their lives. So setting it in Goa, at a time when hippies had been prevalent and had been taking up the seashores, resorts and market locations gave the impression to be a transparent path to go in. It was an interesting train but in addition difficult as on this explicit story it was a couple of Hollywood movie crew coming to England to shoot a film. So it was in regards to the conflict between the tradition and beliefs of two very totally different units of individuals. In our model all of the characters are Indian. Luckily each group is so totally different from each other in India. The Goans have such a singular identification that their rituals and traditions served as a great distinction to the Bollywood group that involves shoot their movie in Goa.

What did you consider The Mirror Crack’d?

I learn the e-book once I was very younger and noticed a few on-screen diversifications. One movie and a TV serialisation as properly. But once I acquired Rachel’s script three months in the past, I used to be struck by how superbly she had recognized the themes that had been necessary to her and introduced that to the forefront. It is an emotional journey with some unbelievable feminine roles and I used to be very touched by it.

You’ve tailored a number of items of fiction for the stage. How do you choose your initiatives?

I’ve tailored a number of novels for BBC Radio four and I’m presently engaged on an adaptation of the Ramayana for the National Theatre in London. When I’m supplied a undertaking I at all times choose those I really feel most deeply linked with. I’ve written a number of diversifications of Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities, however the one I set in India was notably near my coronary heart as I set it within the Catholic group in Bandra and my household is Catholic! With this undertaking, it was a no brainer! Getting an opportunity to work with Melly Still who has labored on Broadway, within the West End and with the Royal Shakespeare firm was an excessive amount of of an honour to cross up.

Who do you want studying?

I really like studying Muriel Spark and Margaret Atwood however I additionally love studying homicide mysteries. Even the trashy ones! I’m a giant fan of Hitchcock so if a e-book is marketed as “Hitchcockian”, I’ll positively choose that off the shelf.