6-8 characters. 11 pages in length. Approximately 10-15 minutes running time. An Agatha Christie murder mystery written by Lexi Sekuless.

Go Back For Murder is a theatrical adaptation of Agatha Christie’s novel by the same name. After receiving a letter, Carla Crale believes her mother, who died in prison, was wrongly convicted of her poisoning her father. Determined to clear her name, Carla and her solicitor interview the individuals present on the day of her father’s death.  In recounting their version of events, the witnesses reveal the inconsistencies and prejudices that have interfered with the shocking truth. 

Lexi Sekuless graduated from London’s Royal Central School of Speech and Drama from their Bachelor of Acting program with first class honours. During her time she learnt acting craft and technique from some of the UK’s top tutors. Her career highlight was performing at the Globe as ‘Lady Anne’ in Richard III for the 2013 Wanamaker Festival. Lexi also performed in Appetite with Miriam Margoyles, Tamsin Greig, Jemma Redgrave and Jason Isaacs. Her Shakespeare credits include ‘Julia’ in Two Gentlemen of Verona, ‘Imogen’ in Cymbeline, ‘Titania’ in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and ‘Kent’ in King Lear. In London Lexi also performed as ‘Clytemnestra’ in the Orestia, ‘Florina’ in Mad Forest, ‘Imogen’ in The Lightening Play, ‘Darlene’ in Balm in Gilead and in her own show about Marilyn Monroe, a version of which returned to Canberra last year. Her Australian performances include ‘Marianne’ in Constellations, ‘Beatrice’ in Much Ado About Nothing, ‘Raina’ in Arms and the Man and ‘Miss Cannon’ in the upcoming series of Rake. Lexi will next appear as Sara, the Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff, in season 2 of the Foxtel series Secret City.

Excerpt from the play:

CAST OF CHARACTERS

Justin Fogg –a London solicitor. He is a young man, sober, staid but likeable
Carla Crale –daughter of the accused and now deceased Caroline Crale. She is young and determined
Meredith Blake –a very close friend of Carla’s parents. She is wealthy and confident but also very warm and caring.
Elsa Greer –tall, striking, very made up and extremely smart. Re-married and became Lady Melkin
Miss Williams –governess for Angela Warren. She is intelligent and motherly, has a very prim manner, like a teacher.
Angela Warren –half sister to Caroline. Was a young child at the time of he death and is now an adventure novelist

A / indicates this line is interrupted by the following line.

Scene 1
Justin Fogg’s room in the offices of Fogg, Fogg, Bamfield and Fogg, Solictors. An early autumn afternoon in London, the year is 1934.

When the curtain rises, Justin is seated at the desk, speaking into the telephone.

JUSTIN
(into the telephone) I quite see your point, Mrs Ross, but the Law can’t be hurried, you know…we have to wait for their solicitors to reply to our letter…(Carla enters and looks around. She tries to get Justin’s attention with a cough. Justin shouts away from the receiver but not looking up) Come in Turnbull! (into the phone) No, it would be most inadvisable for you to take any steps yourself… Yes, we will keep you informed (hanging up and finally looking up at Carla) Women! Oh! I apologise!

CARLA
I am sorry for bursting in, but I thought you had invited me in/

JUSTIN
Not at all, no, I must apologise – a difficult client and I…Well, how do you do Miss…?

CARLA
Miss Crale, Miss Carla Crale. I have a three pm appointment with Mr Fogg.

JUSTIN
I am Mr Fogg

CARLA
But you’re young!

JUSTIN
Thank you. But I can assure you I’m a fully qualified solicitor.

CARLA
I’m sorry – it’s just – that I expected you to be – rather old.

JUSTIN
Oh, you expected my father? He died two years ago.

CARLA
I see. I’m sorry. It was stupid of me. (She offers him her hand. They shake)

JUSTIN
Do sit down. Now, tell me what I can do for you.

CARLA
Do you know who I am?

JUSTIN
Miss Carla Le Marchant of Montreal. We have acted for Mr Robert Le Merchant over a number of years. I do, of course, know about the adoption. 

CARLA
All right, then, let’s get down to it. My name may be legally Le Marchant by adoption but I was born Caroline Crale. Caroline was my mother’s name, too. My father was Amyas Crale. Sixteen years ago my mother stood her trial for poisoning my father. They found her guilty. That’s right, isn’t it?

JUSTIN
Yes, those are the facts.

CARLA
I only learned them six months ago.  When I came of age. I don’t think anyone wanted me to know. My Aunt and Uncle brought me up believing my parents were killed in an accident when I was five. But – my mother left a letter for me – to be given to me when I was twenty-one, so they had to tell me all about it.

JUSTIN
It must have been a bad shock to/learn

CARLA
Finding out that my father was murdered and that my mother did it?

JUSTIN
(pause) There were – extenuating circumstances, you know.

CARLA
I need facts Mr Fogg. You see – I’m engaged – or I was engaged – to be married.

JUSTIN
I see. And your fiancée found out about all of this and – er – reacted unfavourably? (pause) This Mr – er – Jeff…?

CARLA
You’ll see him. He’s coming to call for me, if you don’t mind. (pause) I’m wasting time. I didn’t come to consult you about my love life. I’ve got to find out the truth, you see.

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