Lee steps into a general role


Les Lee (far right) is taking on a role of a darker kind as General Mackenzie in Agatha Christie whodunnit And Then There Were None.
Les Lee (far right) is taking on a role of a darker kind as General Mackenzie in Agatha Christie whodunnit And Then There Were None.

Ten strangers, each with a secret past, meet in an isolated location after responding to a mysterious invitation.

“General Mackenzie is a retired World War I general and while he has a friendly disposition, he is set in his ways and likes things just so,” Lee said.

The war veteran slowly reveals a darker side.

No stranger to the stage, Lee has been involved in theatre for more than 20 years, mainly in Toodyay and Northam Theatre groups.

More recently, he has worked in Perth with Arena productions at The Old Mill Theatre, Phoenix Theatre, Camelot Theatre and the LC theatre.

Award-winning director Susan Vincent said she wanted to bring Christie’s work to the stage as part of worldwide celebrations to mark 125 years since the author’s birth.

Vincent said the best-selling murder thriller was one of her favourite plays and would keep audiences gripped in suspense until the surprise ending.

“I have directed this play three times before and it was regarded by Agatha and critics as her best book and play,” she said.

“The play is set in the 1930s and the ending is different to the original book ending or movie endings.”

And Then There Were None has been made into a movie several times in England and in other countries including Russia, and recently a mini-series on BBC Television.

She said the play was not without its challenges.

“Agatha was the queen of subterfuge and would cunningly plant a carefully-laid clue or a chance remark that ended up bursting with importance,” she said.

“In the theatre, the challenge is to keep her work as mysterious on the stage as it is on the page.

“Keeping the pace and creating suspense throughout the play is crucial as well as keeping the audience guessing.”

She said the play also posed additional challenges for the cast.