Plot not all that it seems in Silhouette: Garrick Theatre

Peace McGrogan as Neville Smallwood and Anna Head as Celia Ward in Silhouette.
Peace McGrogan as Neville Smallwood and Anna Head as Celia Ward in Silhouette.

FOLLOWING months of renovations by the City of Swan, the Garrick Theatre is back in business with the Australian premiere of Silhouette by Simon Brett.

Directed by Fred Petersen, the mystery thriller was first performed in Guildford, England, in 1997 and now, in a nice bit of synchronicity, comes to Guildford, Western Australia.

In Silhouette, a detective questions an actress about the murder of her husband and, while she is in the clear, a drunken journalist sleeping in her bed had argued with him shortly beforehand.

The second half of the play is set before the murder and all expectations about the characters and plot are turned on their heads.

“As a thriller, Silhouette has several aspects that keep you guessing as to who might be the murderer,” director Petersen said.

“Coupled with some specific lighting moods, it makes for an unexpected ending that proves sometimes all is not what it seems or appears to be.

“The mood of the play has to be established with lighting, sounds and the characters being believable.

“A couple of special effects certainly enhance the intrigue and, because the play goes back in time, getting both acts to connect is not as easy as it seems.

“The visual aspect of the murder has to be seen by the audience to ensure they follow the time reversal.

“I read the synopsis for Silhouette on the internet and was immediately taken by the intrigue that weaves its way through the plot,” he added.

“I recently learned this play has never been performed in Australia and therefore hope our interpretation does the playwright justice.”