Information

  • WHEN /

    11 Feb - 5 Mar 

  • WHERE /

    Merlyn Theatre

  • DURATION /

    100 minutes (no interval) 

Season 2011

'Tis Pity She's a Whore

// Keep it in the family.

Information

  • WHEN /

    11 Feb - 5 Mar 

  • WHERE /

    Merlyn Theatre

  • DURATION /

    100 minutes (no interval) 

Annabella: Love me, or kill me, brother.
Giovanni: Love me, or kill me, sister

At the beating heart of this sizzling satire of moral treachery lies a pair of forbidden young lovers: Annabella and Giovanni. Beautiful young Annabella has three devoted admirers, but none compare to her elder brother Giovanni. When these star-cross'd siblings dare to requite their love, they unleash a tumult of vengeance, calumny and slaughter.

A play more frequently banned than performed, `Tis Pity She's a Whore features some of the most audacious scenes of passionate love ever written for the stage. Marion Potts' adaptation of this infamous tale reveals `Tis Pity She's a Whore as the tragedy of a whole society as much as it is the tragedy of any individual.

At once scorchingly funny and utterly sincere, as unflinchingly vengeful as it is desperately passionate, this epic, almost operatic production, reunites Marion with collaborating composer, Andree Greenwell (Venus & Adonis) and Malthouse Theatre design team, Anna Cordingley and Paul Jackson (Elizabeth, Sappho).

'Director Marion Potts delivers a vital, engaging production, a finely poised mix of humour and heartbreak that manages to experiment and modernise.'

-THE AGE ( for Venus and Adonis)
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By / John Ford
Adapted & Directed by / Marion Potts
Original Music / Andrée Greenwell
Set & Costume Designer / Anna Cordingley
Lighting Designer / Paul Jackson
Sound Designer / Jethro Woodward

Dramaturg / Maryanne Lynch
Besen Family Artist Program (Direction) / Hallie Shellam
Cast / John Adam, Julia County, Laura Lattuada, Elizabeth Nabben, Richard Piper, Chris Ryan, Benedict Samuel, Alison Whyte, Anthony Brandon Wong
Live Music Performed by / Jethro Woodward

Key image photography / Garth Oriander