6 – 21 August 2005
A missing woman. A murdered man.
A citizen’s militia searching for the truth.
And a stalker on the scent...
Acclaimed company Theatre @ Risk, nominated for three Green Room Awards for their 2004 programme (Arabian Night, Terrorism, 7 Days 10 Years) and following the recent sell out season of The Wall Project, presents the premiere of this award-winning new work by Melbourne playwright Tee O’Neill.
Why did Matilda walk into the ocean and disappear - never to be seen again? Why was her husband, an illegal alien from the 54the Nation, brutally murdered? And who is to blame? Was it Matilda’s right wing lover? Was it the xenophobic ‘Guy with the Sty’? Was it Matilda’s stalker? Or was it Matilda herself - who never did quite seem to grieve as she should have...?
STALKING MATILDA is a richly comic portent of a possible world to come. Set in a non-specific 1st world nation, sometime in the future, the play is very much about Australia today as well as an imagined horizon where the clocks have been wound back to an idealised 1950s White Australia.
STALKING MATILDA examines our tendency to simultaneously mythologise and demonise ‘the other’. It is both comedy and thriller: a ‘whodunit’ that becomes a ‘whydunit’. O’Neill takes the mystery genre and turns it on its head with a modern day Greek Chorus, poetic language, film noir-inspired suspense and a burlesque sense of the ridiculous.
"Director Chris Bendall has used his energetic and talented cast well. Jude Beaumont is outstanding as the mystery woman Matilda, and the ensemble, consisting of Irene Dios, Odette Joannidis, Robert Jordan, Tony Newton and Jeremy Stanford, give solid performances that range from pathos to broad comedy."
JUDE BEAUMONT, IRENE DIOS, ODETTE JOANNIDIS, ROBERT JORDAN, TOBY NEWTON, JEREMY STANFORD