Star-crossed lovers to take Wagga by storm in new show at the Civic Theatre

A critically-acclaimed play set in the back streets of late 19th century Paris is on its way to Wagga.

The Thérèse Raquin show will explore the story of two star-crossed lovers and examine a set of corrupted morals at the Civic Theatre this July 26.

James O’Connell plays the role of Laurent, Thérèse’s lover and said the show is about “the choices we make and the consequences that follow”.

”The play transforms a city of love into a city of sinister murder,” he said.

“We find Thérèse living a life of servitude to her cousin in a loveless, arranged marriage. Her life is suddenly turned around once she begins a passionate affair.

”It really makes for an edge of your seat feel but at at the same time it’s a fun production. There’s a bit of a whodunit plot.”

Independent Melbourne studio, Dirty Pretty Theatre is behind the production. The show was nominated for six 2014 Green Room Awards in all categories of design, direction and performance.

Directors have made it into a “grand melodrama,” Mr O’Connell said, and given the show a traditional theatre style.

“It really invokes a nightmare sort of feel,” he said.

“It appeals to all ages groups but it does half back to a theatre and a performance style, which is rarely seen these days on the stage.

Audiences can expect to be taken back in time through with the costumes alone, Mr O’Connell said.

“They were designed be Chloe Greaves,” he said.

“All the girls on stage will be in big hoop dresses and corsets.”

The show started in Melbourne and has been on the road for two months.

“We’ve been to Bathurst, Wollongong and Port Macquarie,” Mr O’Connell said.

“To be able to be on the road and visit all these places is really special.

“It’s good to be able to go to places like Wagga where we haven’t done many shows before.”

Tickets can be found online at the Civic Theatre’s website.

Therese Raquin preview