Dirty Pretty Theatre & Critical Stages productions
Cast: Jessica Clarke, Andre Jewson, Marta Kaczmarek, Emily Milledge, James O’Connell, Mark Wilson and David Paterson
Adapted and directed By: Gary Abrahams
Composer: Christopher De Groot
Set Designed By: Jacob Battista
Costumes By: Chloe Greaves
Lighting Designer: Katie Sfetkidis
A thrilling new adaptation of Emile Zola’s landmark novel
Causing great controversy when first published over 150 years ago, Thérèse Raquin is a superb examination of corrupted morals and transforms the city of love into a sinister setting for murder. Set in the notoriously dingy backstreets of Paris in the late 19th century, Thérèse lives a life of servitude and desperation. After being married off to her sickly cousin in an arranged and loveless marriage, her life is suddenly turned around by the arrival of Laurent, her husband’s friend. They begin a passionate, feverish affair but this tempestuous love triangle soon heads into dangerous territory. What follows in this masterpiece of French literature makes for a gripping, corseted thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat.
This superb production features an outstanding design, with sumptuous costumes, a highly impressive set and compelling original music by Christopher De Groot performed live, as well as stunning performances from the cast. This is a perfect show for those who want a larger scale drama and for those who love period works. It’s also an absolutely compelling edge of your seat psychological drama.
Suited to audiences passionate about seeing high quality drama, especially period drama, as well as upper secondary and university students of drama and literature aged 16+.
Dirty Pretty Theatre is one of Melbourne’s most exciting independent companies, presenting evocative narrative theatre based on literary works created with a highly theatrical aesthetic.
This work was developed with Playwriting Australia at the 2012 National Play Festival.
What people are saying
Beautifully paced and engaging theatre…an imaginative and immersive adaptation, directed with skill and style. – The Age
Nabben inhabits her role with a fearless intensity, I defy anyone not to be mesmerized by her… a production that must be said to be one of the most unmissable playing now. – ArtsHub
NOMINATED FOR GREEN ROOM AWARDS FOR BEST PRODUCTION, BEST DIRECTOR, BEST LEADING ACTOR AND ACTRESS, BEST LIGHTING, SOUND AND COSTUME DESIGN
DRAMA VICTORIA AWARDS FINALIST FOR BEST PRODUCTION.
31 May National Theatre, Melbourne
3 June Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre
6-10 June Merrigong Theatre, Wollongong
14-15 June The Glasshouse, Port Macquarie
16-17 June Civic Theatre, Newcastle
21-22 June QUT Gardens Theatre, Brisbane
28-29 June Darwin Entertainment Centre
4-5 July Araluen Cultural Precinct, Alice Springs
12-13 July Wyndham Cultural Centre, Werribee
13-15 July Whitehorse Centre, Nunawading
20-22 July Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Penrith
26 – 27 July Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre