Death and the Maiden
Melbourne Theatre Company
23 July 2015
Southbank Theatre, The Sumner
to 22 August
|Death and the Maiden. Susie Porter. Photo by Jeff Busby|
Ariel Dorfman wrote Death and the Maiden in 1990 on his return to Chile, after 17 years in exile, in the aftermath of Pinochet's military dictatorship. The 1993 MTC production is still talked about and the 1994 film is still a favourite, so why have the MTC chosen to tell it again? Why this story? Why now?
With Australian politics tumbling into an abyss of secrecy and blame where those who speak out about inequity and abuse are punished and threatened, and those who are meant to oppose turn a blind eye or support, it's a story to help us remember recent history and how governments and countries have broken themselves and their people as they've moved to the far right.
The full review is on AussieTheatre.com and will be published here in a few days.