By Dennis Kelly
Directed by Imara Savage.
With Paul Ashcroft, Erin Dewar & Philip Hayden
Liam’s shambolic recollection of the event wavers under questioning, suspicions are aroused and it becomes increasingly and horribly apparent that Liam is lying and his involvement is more gruesome than Good Samaritan. The couple’s insular world begins to unravel as they are compelled to confront the violence outside on the council estate and their own potential for pragmatic brutality and moral compromise.
In four sharp and shocking acts without an interval, Orphans traverses the ethical terrains of marriage, family loyalty and grim genetic inheritance.
Dewar’s Helen is a brilliant, twisted mix of sibling protectiveness and amoral manipulation. Hayden as the nice-guy husband who uncovers the torturer within, is excellent as a man on the verge of a moral breakdown. As the needy and damaged bully Liam, Ashcroft does a mesmerising job of it.
5th October – 5th November 2011
“Orphans ripples with kinetic energy and its creepiness lingers well after curtain.” – Elly Varrenti, The Age
“Ashcroft is remarkable as the distraught Liam.” – Kate Herbert, Herald Sun