Deathtrap starts off innocently enough, playing and milking the audience for laughs with plenty of humour and witty one liners as our leads are introduced and the plot is set in motion. We’re introduced to Sidney Bruhl (Andrew Mowatt), a previously successful playwright, with a series of flops and writer’s block. Sidney receives a play from his student Clifford Anderson (Chris Bucko), and is convinced that it will be a hit. Sidney’s wife Myra (Elena Yeo) is introduced, and Sidney (half-jokingly) tells her that he may just have to kill Clifford for his potentially blockbuster script, eventually inviting him over to the house to discuss the play. The play, coincidentally is of course, titled Deathtrap.
Things escalate quickly from here, and chaos ensues in the household. We’re also introduced to psychic Helga ten Dorp (Bridget Fernandez) suddenly enters in a whirlwind of energy, to warn the Bruhls of terrible pain from the house. Although Myra is terrified at first, Helga’s visions are (humourously) only half right at best, and it’s obvious her visions aren’t as real as she makes them out to be. Right at the end of Act 1, multiple twists happen at once leaving the audience utterly bewildered after what initially feels like a lighthearted post-dinner murder thriller, confused about each character’s true motivations and if further twists lay down the line.
Deathtrap plays at the Drama Centre Black Box from 12-30 October. Tickets available from SISTIC