One of the myths that is still prevalent is that eye-witness testimony is reliable. Historically, only a defendant’s signed confession was regarded as more reliable — and many convictions because of signed confessions have been overturned. The problem with witnesses is that they can be more convincing than they are reliable.
Because we trust our own perceptions, we tend to accept the perceptions of others. According to one source, 358 people who had been convicted of capital crimes in the USA have now been exonerated because of the introduction of DNA analysis thirty years ago. Of those 358 people, over 250 had been convicted on eye-witness testimony.
Our assumption that memory makes an accurate recording, like a camera, is incorrect. Our brains manipulate our memories to exaggerate some and to minimize others. They delete. They extrapolate. This is the basis of Go Back for Murder. In 1964, five people remember the incidents of a day in 1948, when Amyas Crale was murdered. Some of those memories are correct; others are not. To add to this, Agatha Christie puts these memories together to form a narrative, so that you will see the events of that day in 1948 as if they were real. If you were able to sit back in your seat and analyse what you’re seeing, you might be able to solve the mystery. But this wonderful cast has been working hard to pull you into the play, to immerse you in the characters and conversations of that day in 1948, so that you won’t identify the real murderer.
Some directors end their notes about a murder mystery by giving you a clue. But I’m not one of them. But I’m not one of them.
as Justin Fogg
After 18 months living in the capital, Thomas returns to the stage for his eighth play at Dolphin having been off the acting radar for two years. His most recent appearance was at July’s ‘DarkDays’ in Mojo, playing foul-mouthed London club manager ‘Sweets’. Other theatrical highlights include The Cripple of Innishmaan and Closure. Thomas is thrilled to bring young lawyer Justin Fogg to life. Outside theatre he studies Communications and Politics and International Relations at the University of Auckland.
as Lady Melksham
Isabelle has been seeking out the stage ever since her first performanceat four years old as a table in Alice in Wonderland. Over the years she hasappeared in shows such as Occupy: The Road to Joy and many Stray Theatre Co productions. Currently she is enjoying being able to learn from the great team at Massive Company and being a stilt-walking clown on the weekends. A big fan of murder mysteries, she is thrilled to help bringAgatha Christie’s world to life through Elsa.
Rex began acting in 1964 as the ‘King of Siam’ with the Otamatea Repertory Theatre in Northland. Other roles followed - ‘King Arthur’ in Camelot, ‘President Peron’ in Evita, ‘Billy Flynn’ in Chicago, Phantom of the Opera and ‘Renee Artois’ in All Allo for which he was nominated for best actor at the NAPTA awards. He has also directed over 30 stage productions and works on TV and film. He loves acting.
as Miss Williams
Bronwen joined “The Dolphin” when both were ‘Little’. Five decades later she is surprised (and delighted) to find she is still acting there. She’s workedwith many theatre groups around Auckland but most recently at Ellerslie inThe Lady in the Van and Suspicious. Her favourite role was Roger Hall’s A Shortcut to Happiness at HLT. This current production is her first Agatha Christie. She always appreciates the talents, skills and craftsmanship of allcasts and crews.
as Carla Crale
Bavapriya is new to the Dolphin Theatre and excited to be sharing the stagefor this captivating play with such a collaborative cast. She is a performerby nature and has a passion for acting in the theatre. An artist at heart, she has participated in Indian Classical Dance productions and Bollywood Musicals.
as Angela Warren
Caitlin Flower is an Auckland-based, up-and-coming actress. She hasappeared in several on-screen and stage productions over the years suchas Fragile (2019) and Tinder Stories (2019). Caitlin is a student at theUniversity of Auckland where she is in the midst of a bachelors degree inSociology and English. She is excited to be a part of the cast of Go Back for Murder as she often frequented the Dolphin Theatre with her late grandmother, with whom she shared her love of the theatre.
as Philip Blake
Hamish is delighted to be part of the cast of Go Back for Murder and is looking forward to his first ‘whodunnit.’ This is his third production at Dolphin, having performed in Nell Gwynn and That’s Love. Other Auckland performances include The House by the Lake, Book Ends and Central Otago Man at Howick Little Theatre, Company Theatre’s Weed, and Ellerslie Theatre’s productions of The Graduate and Things My Mother Taught Me. Hamish has also performed in several choirs in recent years.
as Amyas Crale
Kevin has played roles from Shakespeare to representative ones withprojects at The Basement theatre in First World Problems under playwright and director Ahi Karunaharan and playing Biblical character ‘Job’ under Sue Frazer in The Battle Rages On at Bruce Mason theatre. Growing up in India, Kevin is fluent in 5 languages and no stranger to cinema. An ardent fan of intrepid travel, cooking and photography he is looking forward to playing Amyas Crale – you will love him or hate him, but can’t ignore him!
as Meredith Blake
David is delighted to be treading the boards at the Dolphin once more. Lastappearing here as ‘Sherlock Holmes’ in Baskerville, he has recently been plying his trade in musicals appearing as ‘Max’ in the Sound of Music and ‘Lazar Wolf’ in Fiddler on the Roof. He thinks it is a pleasure to get his teethinto a good whodunnit and they don’t get better than Agatha Christie.
as Caroline Crale
This is Lyndsey’s third performance at the Dolphin and it is good to be back. Her previous roles were ‘Linda’ in Ladies Down Under in 2014 and ‘Lenny Magrath’ in Crimes of the Heart in 2016. Lyndsey works in a corporate office by day but if she is not on the stage you might find her face painting, stilt walking or fire dancing. Lyndsey is happiest when she is moving, be itperformance or the outdoors. She is looking forward to stepping back intime again and hopes you enjoy the show.