“The Last Supper” is a murder mystery with a comic twist, revolving around 8 people who find themselves invited to a surprise party at a restaurant…but don’t know who the host is. As they are trying to make sense of the situation, suddenly one of them gets murdered. Then in classic whodunnit style, each of the characters’ motives is revealed and the audience is left guessing as to who the culprit could be. Is it Dr Patel the retired Gujju psychiatrist, or Mrs Dsouza the pious old Catholic, or Rahul the joker, or Natasha wreaking her revenge of the nerd, or Nitin the millionaire, or is it one of those The-Steward-Did-It cases…Eventually we find out, but only after several twists in the tale…
The play is designed for for a sit-down dinner. Since the entire play revolves around what happens at a dinner get-together at a restaurant, the cast themselves are seated at a table in the centre of the restaurant/banquet room, just like the rest of the audience. The audience all receive the same invitation to the play that the actors have received within the play (the invitation is eventually revealed to be central to the plot) — thereby making the audience feel like they too are within the play.
ACT I – (45 MINUTES)
After all the audience have been seated at their tables (each person has a place-tag so the tables are assigned ahead of time), drinks are served. The actors then filter in one by one, casually, as though they are audience members just like the others, and seat themselves at the central table (which must be on a raised platform/stage so that the actors can be seen clearly from all the other tables). The cast’s table is laid out just like all the other tables, with the same cutlery, place-tags, etc. During Act 1, there is to be no service of any kind — all drinks must be served before the play begins. The murder occurs soon after the play begins. Thereafter, we hear the various motives that each of the characters could have had for killing the victim. Act 1 ends at the point of suspense, wherein the audience are left guessing as to who the murderer is.
INTERVAL – (1 HOUR)
Dinner (a set menu) is served. Preferably table-service rather than buffet style, to enhance the tone of formality in the evening. The audience can now all enjoy their meal. Meanwhile, the actors — staying in character — circulate among the audience, seating themselves at random tables with the audience, inciting members of the audience against the other characters of the play to throw suspicion off themselves. The steward (one of the characters within the play) acts as an actual steward-cum-bartender, refilling people’s glasses, etc. The audience discuss the play at their own tables and try and determine who the killer could be. Dinner plates are cleared away, coffee and dessert are served, and Act II is ready to begin.
ACT II – (20 MINUTES)
After the audience have been served their coffee and dessert, Act II begins. There is a new twist in the tale, and the murderer is revealed. Except that there is immediately another twist…And the audience are kept guessing until the very end who the true murderer is. Play ends on a humorous note.
(Language English, Duration 70 min, with an interval)
CAST & CREW
Concept/Writer: Shivani Tibrewala
Director: Kabir Shaukat Ali
Concept: Niki Ali
Cast: Neeraj Sood, Shalini Kumar, Surindra Surgim, Daljit Parmar, Nutan Thakur, Madhu Nair, Steven Surgim & Sonia Lotay.