Thérèse Raquin

14 – 30 August,  2014
Dirty Pretty Theatre

Theatre Works

Adaptor & Diretor: Gary Abrahams
Set Designer: Jacob Battista
Costume Designe: Chole Greeves
Cast: Elizabeth Nabben, Paul Blenheim, Marta Kaczmarek, Oliver Coleman, Aaron Walton, Rhys McConochie, Edwina Samuels

Photos by Lachlan Woods

Katie Sfetkidis’ lighting design depicts the flawed characters by giving us faces in half-light and wonderful shadows. Sfetkidis engenders the right kind of eeriness and foreboding – nothing was going to end well with this story” – Theatre People

 “All are supported by a design (Jacob Battista: set, Katie Sfetkidis: lighting) that create a claustrophobic Paris flat that feels both light and gloomy and transforms to a water-filled lake with a touch of simple genius” – Sometimes Melbourne

Based on and adapted from the 19th Century Emile Zola novel Thérèse Raquin tells the story of a young woman trapped in a life of servitude and the desperate measures she will undertake to free herself from her circumstances. Forced by her adoptive mother and aunt to marry her sickly cousin, Camille, Thérèse lives an unhappy and resentful life. When Camille moves the family to Paris Thérèse is doomed to a life of servitude and unhappiness working in her Aunts downstairs haberdashery. When one day Camille brings Laurent, a friend, to visit he unwittingly sets in motion a series of cruel and devastating events that will ruin all their lives.