Towards Zero - 1945 Play


First published: 2017


Towards Zero - 1945 Play

A clifftop murder mystery set entirely outdoors.

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When a house party gathers at Gull's Point, the seaside home of Lady Tressilian, Neville Strange finds himself caught between his old wife Audrey and his new flame Kay. A nail-biting thriller, the play probes the psychology of jealousy in the shadow of a savage and brutal murder. With reflections as well on suicide, depression and redemption, the play is a layered drama of piercing intelligence.

This play was the only one written by Agatha Christie under commission. It was tried out for one week in Martha's Vineyard in 1945 but did not at the time transfer. The play and the story behind it were discovered by Julius Green in 2015 as part of his research for the history of Christie's life as a playwright – Curtain Up.

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