Friday, 14 February 2014

There's been a murder!

I love reading Agatha Christie books and have done ever since I was young.  I still enjoy reading them to this day and despite reading them several times I never remember who the murderer is!  I also enjoy the Poirot and Miss Marple adaptions on the tv and wouldn't mind starring in one even if it was just as an extra.  I could be one of the old pussies in the tea shop gossiping when Miss Marple overhears and because of my innate ability to understand the human psyche, my gossiping helps solve the case.  I could maybe have a walk on part where I'm in the village doing my daily shopping before stopping in the Post Office and asking for two first class stamps and a packet of envelopes.  The possibilities are endless but because I've never acted before I'm thinking my appearance would be more from the Mrs Overall school of acting rather than RADA.

Being fairly pragmatic, I know that it is highly unlikely I will ever be cast in a Miss Marple adaption so I decided to create my own miniature diorama depicting a scene from one of my favourites, The Body in the Library starring:

Joan Hickson as Miss Marple

                                                 Gwen Watford as Dolly Bantry

                                           and Astra Sheridan as Pamela Reeve

The complete diorama can be seen here:


Checking the body for clues before the police arrive.

The scene is my interpretation based on when Miss Marple and Doll Bantry inspect the body in the library before the police officers arrive.

This was so much fun to create and I got the idea when I happened upon a Poirot minikin doll made by Sarah and Elizabeth from the USA.  They create a range of wonderful figures and you can see them here as well as their Etsy shop.  I tried to think how I could use a Miss Marple doll in a scene and as I happened to be flicking through a dollhouse brochure at the time when I saw a library wallpaper the light bulb came on and The Body in the Library diorama was born!  I emailed Sarah and Elizabeth to ask if they could make me a Joan Hickson doll and they came back with all three after I told them what I was planning on doing.  I was blown away by the detail as everything is exactly as it was in the film and considering they are only 4" tall, I think they are fantastic.  The rest of the scene I created using doll house miniatures and found that I became quite obsessive over the smallest detail but those details are the ones that make all the difference!

A really great project for me and I can't wait to start the next one :)