From Melbourne, VIC
adapted from the Emile Zola novel by Gary Abrahams
A Dirty Pretty Theatre & Critical Stages Production
TOURING IN 2017
Directed By: Gary Abrahams
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 especially from Elizabeth Nabben (The Crucible, Winners and Losers), in the title role. 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.
'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.
WATCH FULL VIDEO on VIMEO here (contact Critical Stages for password)
ACT ONE: https://vimeo.com/104835983
ACT TWO: https://vimeo.com/104835984