Secrets and Lies -  A Series of Staged Readings at The 'Stro, UNE.

Directed by Mark Bourne

Whilst all three plays are quite different in tone and period, they all fit within an over-arching theme of Secrets & Lies.

AN INSPECTOR CALLS – by JB Priestley

Set in England in 1910, Priestley's classic play of the middle-class Yorkshire family called to account for its moral crimes by the enigmatic Inspector Goole is a fascinating mystery story with a twist in its tail, but it also stands as a metaphor for society’s failure to accept its responsibility to others.

CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF –byTennessee Williams

'Big Daddy' Pollitt, the richest cotton planter in the Mississippi Delta, is about to celebrate his sixty-fifth birthday. His two sons have returned home for the occasion - Gooper, with his wife and children, Brick, an ageing football hero who has turned to drink, with his feisty wife Maggie. As the hot summer evening unfolds, the veneer of happy family life and Southern gentility gradually slips away as unpleasant truths emerge and greed, lies, jealousy and suppressed sexuality threaten to reach boiling point. The play was heavily adapted into a film version starring Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman.

LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES – Christopher Hampton adapted from the novel by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos

A tale of seduction set in France among aristocrats before the revolution; this is a play for all times about deception, sexual manners and manipulation. A game is set in motion that will have higher stakes than the players could ever foresee. The play was adapted into a successful movie Dangerous Liaisons starring Glenn Close and John Malkovich.