A brutal murder is committed in a small town in France. The dismembered corpse is dropped from a railway viaduct onto passing trains below… All except the head. Based upon an actual event, L’amante anglaise is a beautifully poignant and emotionally powerful portrait of lost passion.
This modern classic psychological thriller from celebrated French author, Marguerite Duras, takes you right inside the heart and mind of the perpetrator and is a fascinating and compelling true crime story.
Pierre (Rob Meldrum) and Claire Lannes (Jillian Murray -2015 Green Room winner, Best Female Performer, Independent Theatre) are ordinary human beings leading everyday lives until catastrophe occurs. Over the course of the drama, they effortlessly reveal the beauty and brutality of their inner selves, and create a painstaking portrait of lost passion. Performed exquisitely and directed by Laurence Strangio, L’Amante Anglaise is a rare and unmissable work of theatre.
It is a rare distinction for any production to have three consecutive seasons in Melbourne, but L’Amante Anglaise proved so popular that its first two seasons at La Mama sold out. After its first season at 45Downstairs sold out in 2016, it had a return season in February 2017.
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The Age : Cameron Woodhead 2016
“Brilliant Theatre, pure and simple. Don’t miss it.”
Four and half star
Herald Sun : Kate Herbert 2016
“Engrossing theatre … Two accomplished and inspiring actors”
Four and half star
Stage Whispers: Carol Drouyn 2016
“Acting of the highest order… Rare and heady theatre.. a sublime production.”
Arts Hub: Sophia Monkiewicz 2015
“Beautifully poignant, emotionally powerful”
Melbourne Arts Fashion: Lisa Romeo 2014
“Brilliant… beautifully controlled performance and direction.”
Stage Whispers: Michael Brindley 2015
“Pure theatre, acting of the highest order. Ms Murray and Mr Meldrum give us characters I won’t forget, two characters from whom one can’t take one’s eyes as they fascinate in their implacably guarded interior beings. “
Arts Hub: Amelia Swann 2014
“Intelligent theatre… a magnificent and quietly dramatic production. A charismatic tour de force. A highly charged and moving performance.”