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British with local flavour

THE INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S Association (IWA) is in its15th year of operation.They have constantly been experimenting on introducing new events. So, it does not come as a surprise when this year they tried a supper theatre programme at the Park Sheraton Hotel. ``Murder on the Menu," was specially written for the occasion, by none other than Jasper Utley, former British Council Director. The play was directed by another well known theatre personality, N. S. Yamuna.The staging of the play was possible because of the generous sponsorship of Raymonds and Welcom group of hotels. Usually Supper Theatre is light theatre, paying more attention to entertainment than the art and craft of theatre. But, in this supper theatre, the audience could see a balanced mixture of humour and seriousness. The plot centred round a theatre group and their staging of a play the ``Passion in Purple."

During the staging of the play one of the actresses falls dead. A woman doctor comes out of the audience and declares it as a murder. She then asks one of her friends to find more about the murder before the police arrives. The audience are informed that the doctor is Joanna Watson, granddaughter of Dr. John Watson, while the detective is Charlotte Holmes, grand-daughter of the famous Sherlock Holmes.

The rest of the play deals with how Charlotte Holmes unravels the mystery of the murder. In this play we have the elements of a typical British murder mystery; but it becomes very Indian as it also has the melodrama.All the actors did justice to their parts. Some of them like Chrisitna Sauer, who took the role of Charlotte Holmes, Tejas Sreedhar who played Harish, the young actor, S. Narayanaswamy, who acted as Siva, the lights man and Faheem Moosa, who acted as Mahesh were superb.

VASANTI SANKARANARAYANAN

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