The Woman Before - Queensland Theatre Company 2006 - Bille Brown Studio
by Roland Schimmelpfennig Translated by David Tushingham
Only Caryl Churchill and Martin Crimp amongst British writers can compare with the Germans when it comes to this kind of experimental black comedy. We must therefore be grateful to the Royal Court for importing these and other important and very enjoyable German works; and giving The Woman Before space in the larger Downstairs Theatre. Frank and Claudia have been happily married for nineteen years. Nigel Lindsay plays the embarrassed Frank, while Saskia Reeves is his soon-to-be-wounded wife. Together with their handsome graffiti-artist son, Tom Riley's Andi, they are leaving the country for an eagerly anticipated new life.Things fall apart in an instant with the arrival of a beautiful visitor in a lime green coat. Romy Vögtlander stands on the doorstep and calmly announces that she and Frank were lovers for a summer 24 years before and that as he had vowed eternal love, she has come to collect on his promise.
It cannot come as a surprise that Claudia is less than enthusiastic at the idea of giving up her husband. As the plot develops, Andi, who has just bade a final farewell to his spunky girlfriend Tina, also gets drawn in. The wide-eyed Georgia Taylor (like Riley making a successful stage debut) in the latter role is both chorus and comic storyteller. Andi is a real chip off his father's old block and in no time has forgotten his love for Tina and is seduced by Romy, the glamorous Helen Baxendale looking nothing like her character's forty-plus years. By the next morning, the visitor, cool as a cucumber, has left bizarre carnage in her vengeful wake.
The Woman Before QTC Cast - Paul Bishop, Christen O'Leary, Anne Pensalfini, Anthony Standish, Emily Tomlins
Director - Jon Halpin
Designer - Robert Kemp
Lighting - Matt Scott
Souvenir Program Date 2006
Size 170 x 200 mm
Condition: Used 8/10
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