CARNALITY, CRUELTY AND CORSETS
Australian adaptation of Émile Zola’s gothic horror Thérèse Raquin comes to Brisbane
Over 150 years after it was written, Émile Zola’s story of murderous star-crossed lovers is a carnal, cruel masterpiece of French realism.
Set in the notoriously dingy backstreets of Paris in the late 1800s, Thérèse lives a life of servitude and desperation. After being married off to her sickly cousin in a loveless arranged union, Thérèse’s melancholy is punctuated by the arrival of Laurent, her husband’s friend, with whom she begins an illicit affair. Dangerously in love, their selfish passions unite in a hatred for Thérèse’s husband.
A Critical Stages and Dirty Pretty Theatre production, Thérèse Raquin plays QUT's Gardens Theatre (Brisbane CBD) from 21-22 June 2017.
Causing great controversy when first published – it was labelled as “obscene” by many – Thérèse Raquin is a superb examination of corrupted morals and turns the city of love into the sinister setting for murder.
Gary Abrahams’ Australian adaptation reinvigorates the text’s shocking power, re-creating the visual splendour of 19th century Paris with its set and costumes, and an original (and terrifying) piano composition by Christopher De Groot, while a talented 7-piece ensemble cast bring this psychological melodrama to life.
The cast includes Jessica CLARKE, Andre JEWSON, Marta KACZMAREK, Emily MILLEDGE, James O’CONNELL, David Ross PATERSON and Mark WILSON.
Thérèse Raquin is presented by Dirty Pretty Theatre & Critical Stages. Created by Abrahams in 2010, Dirty Pretty Theatre is a Green Room Award-winning independent theatre company. Critical Stages is one of Australia’s leading producers of touring theatre, bringing independent theatre to regional and remote audiences across Australia and New Zealand.
Pensioner & Full-time student $35
School groups 10+ $25