“extravagant” “passionate “
Thérèse Raquin is a superb examination of corrupted morals, set in the notoriously dingy backstreets of Paris in the late 19th century. Thérèse lives a life of servitude and is married off to her sickly cousin in a loveless, arranged marriage. But her life is suddenly turned around when her husband’s friend, Laurent arrives and they begin a passionate, feverish affair. What follows in this masterpiece of French literature makes for a gripping, corseted thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat.
Dirty Pretty Theatre is one of Melbourne’s most exciting independent companies. This stunning, critically acclaimed, production was nominated for six 2014 Green Room Awards in all categories of design, direction and performance. Director Gary Abrahams (whose recent work includes Buyer and Cellar for Melbourne Theatre Company and Resident Alien with actor Paul Capsis) has crafted an original and uniquely Australian adaptation of a renowned classic work of French literature, bringing to the production a heightened sense of melodrama and a raw and immediate passion. Thérèse Raquin is a genuinely affecting, thrilling, emotional rollercoaster.
“Beautifully paced and engaging theatre... an imaginative and immersive adaptation, directed with skill and style.” THE AGE
“5 Stars. The intricate and extravagant costumes designed by Chloe Greaves spectacularly remaster the movements and lifestyle of 1860’s gothic romance, tight fitting corsets and puffy long gowns further restricted the freedom of women…
Each forbidden, adulterous, passionate scene is exaggerated; the danger, the tragedy, the raw emotions are all the more powerful and have the audience spellbound. MELBOURNE. ARTS. FASHION
WARNINGS Occasional course language and mature themes
RUNNING TIME 135 minutes, including 20 minute interval
AGE RECOMMENDATION Suitable for age 16 and over
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