February 4th – 14th 2016
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Three independent theatre companies from Melbourne joined forces in a rare collaboration to present a never-before-seen double bill of Crestfall and Purgatorio. Both plays dared to push their characters to breaking point, testing their ability to cling to hope in extraordinarily cruel worlds.
By bringing these formidable plays together, Jayde Kirchert (Citizen Theatre) aimed to create a space where the ideas and themes from both shows could interact and “teach us more about who we think we are and who we might become if we found ourselves trapped in unbearable circumstances.”
Written by Irish playwright Mark O’Rowe, Crestfall follows three tortured women for one day as they deal with violent atrocities in their dystopian, wasteland of a home. Olive, Alison and Tilly’s stories all clash in harrowing ways.
In Purgatorio by Ariel Dorfman, a Man and a Woman interrogate each other, unearthing their darkest sins and secrets in order to forgive and escape the room they’re trapped in, but redemption isn’t so easily obtained.
Production shots - Crestfall
What people said about Inferno: A Double Bill
Read more about Crestfall...
The first play, Crestfall, tells three twisted stories of oversexed wife Olive, desperate mother Alison and prostitute Tilly. Set in a dystopian wasteland strewn with animal carcasses and violence, their paths intertwine in disturbing ways. Follow them for one harrowing day as they hunt for hope among the wreckage. Written by one of Ireland’s most masterful and electrifying playwrights, Mark O’Rowe crafts a deeply moving tale that keeps audiences gripped, one revelation after another.
Lyn Gardner (The Guardian) described the 2007 London performance of Crestfall as “a modern Jacobean revenge tragedy that bleeds poetry and violence”, “the piece gradually exerts a terrible fascination, as if you were watching a deep root-canal filling being conducted without anaesthetic”.
An all female team includes (click picture to read more):
By special arrangement with Dominie Pty Ltd
Read more about Purgatorio...
Purgatorio will open in a mysterious room where a woman suffers a painful interrogation from a man whose identity is hidden. As she unveils her deepest secrets to him, playwright Ariel Dorfman forces both Man and Woman to try and forgive each other. Their battle between revenge and redemption impels audiences to ask: how do you repent without destroying your identity?
First premiering in Melbourne 2014, the collaboration between 5pound theatre and Attic Erratic was critically acclaimed as “a master class in performance and production, 5 stars” (Nick Pilgrim, Theatre People) and “a night of superb theatre – the kind we always long for but rarely see” (Coral Drouyn, Stage Whispers). This Chilean playwright is best known for his 1990 work Death and the Maiden, adapted for film by Roman Polanski.
The team includes:
Three independent theatre companies. Two plays. One chance to see it.
Watch the trailer
Read more about this female-driven team and check out our article '2016: The Year Of Women In Theatre'
- Companion Cards were honoured
- Though L1 Studios was accessible via stairs only, patrons were encouraged to contact Citizen Theatre to discuss access requirements
- Scripts were available prior to the show upon request for patrons who were hard of hearing