Black comedy about gangsters in 1960s shown at Old Mill Theatre

The Old Mill Theatre performers Gino Cataldo as the gangster boss 'Mickey' and Rex Gray as sidekick 'Bill' in A Picture of Betrayal.
The Old Mill Theatre performers Gino Cataldo as the gangster boss 'Mickey' and Rex Gray as sidekick 'Bill' in A Picture of Betrayal.

BETRAYAL occurs in the midst of a gangsters’ mob in 1960s London in a black comedy to be performed at the Old Mill Theatre from next week.

A Picture of Betrayal is written and directed by Ireland-born playwright Noel O’Neill, who moved to Perth more than 20 years ago.

“I set the play in London in 1964 because I grew up there in the late 50s and 60s,” he said.

A Picture of Betrayal is a black comedy about there being no honour among thieves.

“As it often is with criminals, each character in the play ultimately betrays each other.”

In addition to writing and directing shows for The Old Mill Theatre and the Irish Theatre Players, O’Neill played ‘Watto’ on the ABC series The Heights.

The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts lecturer has received awards as a playwright including People’s Choice Award for ‘Under Any Old Gum Tree’ at the 2014 Perth Drama Festival.

O’Neill said the main challenge in this new black comedy was ensuring each character didn’t give away too much.

“Each one has a different motivation but greed is common to all of them,” he said.

“While I’d describe it as a black comedy, it’s up to the audience to decide.”

 

THE ESSENTIALS

WHAT: A Picture of Betrayal by Noel O’Neill

WHERE: The Old Mill Theatre at the corner of Mends Street and Mill Point Road, South Perth

WHEN: 7.30pm on May 8 – 11, 16 – 18. Matinee at 2pm on May 12

TICKETS: $30 or $25 for concession at www.trybooking.com/BBJDQ

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