The Visit: deadly attraction in The Actors’ Hub’s latest production


Shall we, shan’t we: The cast of The Visit encircle the victim while debating the merits of killing for money.
Shall we, shan’t we: The cast of The Visit encircle the victim while debating the merits of killing for money.

IT is an age old ethical dilemma – kill someone and |receive $1 million or stay poor forever.

That is the problem facing the residents of a small town in The Actors’ Hub latest production, The Visit.

Director Amanda Crewes said while the residents of the impoverished town initially refuse the offer, the money slowly becomes more alluring and harder to turn down.

“Although first performed in 1956, this grotesque fable with its icy humour and bizarre fantastical, yet magical, moments quite undoubtedly holds up a mirror up to our modern lives,” she said.

“Even though it clearly reflects the playwright’s (Friedrich Durrenmatt) proximity to both the Holocaust and accompanying |absurdist revolution in theatre, The Visit is proving to be a somewhat timeless piece.

“It’s a tragi-comedy that deliciously sheds a light on the dark side, not dissimilar to the Brothers Grimm tales we loved so much as kids. It looks at how we are willing to destroy ourselves in the pursuit of money and the cynical disregard for humanity that occurs when capitalism makes us its playthings.”

Fremantle resident Patrick Trueman-Healy is among the cast. The Visit is at The Actors’ Hub in East Perth from October 24 to 28.

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