Another victim …sorry, suspect appearing in our next production at the Rhodes Arts Complex 19th – 21st March – And then There Were None by Agatha Christie
You can get tickets here
But in the meantime – meet the dashing Tony Marston
Who are you ?
Who is your character?
Anthony James Marston, or Tony to his friends or any ladies that catch his eye.
What’s he like?
An attractive, youthful and charming exterior hides Marston’s sociopathic and egotistical personality. Interested only in fast cars, expensive drink and pretty women, Marston has no concern for anyone but himself, and feels no remorse or guilt for his actions. A thrill-seeker to the core, Marston gladly throws himself into the mystery surrounding Soldier Island, ready to devote his energies to playing detective, to the disgust of his fellow guests.
What’s the greatest mystery you know?
This one is a family story. A relation of mine, George Stoner, was famously convicted for the murder of architect Francis Rattenbury, who was found with his head bashed in with a mallet. Stoner was having an affair Rattenbury’s wife Alma, and both admitted having committed the murder. Both were charged, but only Stoner was found guilty of murder. His death sentence was commuted to life imprisonment (reduced to seven years when he volunteered to fight in WWII) because of an outcry in public sympathy, with many believing Stoner, who was only 18, had been manipulated by Alma into killing her husband. Notably, whilst Alma was found innocent of all charges, she committed suicide a few days after the trial, prompting speculation on what were the circumstances around the murder, and who wielded the fateful mallet.
Stoner died in 2000, but my grandfather found out from Stoner’s mum the truth behind the murder, and who wielded the mallet. He promised one day to tell us, but unfortunately died before he could, taking the resolution to the mystery with him to his grave.
If these events seem familiar, it might be because they were adapted into a play by famed playwright Terrence Rattigan, entitled Cause Célèbre.
As a final note, because mallets came in pairs, we have the sister mallet to the murder weapon. Here’s hoping it never becomes the centre of a famous, theatre worthy murder mystery!