Thérèse Raquin

a costume drama by Leslie Sands

Directed by John Cummings


CAST

THERESE - ANTHEA CARPENTER
LAURENT - BARRY BECKET
MME RAQUIN - DOROTHY SPENCER
CAMILLE - ADRIAN HARTLEY
GRIVET - JOHN RILEY
MICHAUD - ALAN BAILEY

Act 1

Act 2

Act 3:

The action takes place in the Raquin house in Paris in the late 19th century.

Thérèse Raquin

Emile Zola's novel of Thérèse Raquin was greeted with a storm of controversy and caused an international scandal when first published in France during the 19th century. Conservative critics considered Zola's seminal work amoral and pornographic, accusing the author of self-indulgence; and many readers found the novel disturbing due to its naturalistic approach, and the central concept of sexual attraction, leading to brutality and destruction.

Certainly Victorian society, fed on a diet of prissy transparent heroines, was ill-prepared for the portrayal of Thérèse, a deliberate and brilliantly radical departure from the prototypes of contemporary convention, and many would have found unpalatable Zola's view that lust has the capacity to unhinge rational judgement and destabilise the lives of those close to us.

Whether the work has retained its initial capacity to shock is debatable, but certainly the central themes of loyalty, greed. and betrayal remain relevant to a 20th century audience as Man continues to be perplexed by the conundrum of personal relationships, and the preoccupation with self-enhancement.

This would appear to be borne out by the recent unveiling of plans to produce a major British movie of the novel during this year, starring Kate Winslett and Judi Dench. It will certainly be interesting to see how this dark tale of infidelity transposes to the large screen.

This later stage adaptation of Thérèse Raquin was by Leslie Sands and was first presented in Poole Arts Centre, under the title "Deadlock" in 1985.

Props supplied by

PEPPERS, The French Shop, Todmorden.
Thanks also to: Kingsmill Antique Centre, Burnley, Bingley Little Theatre, Steven Wood at Burnley Borough Council. Special thanks to Millercare of Oswaldtwistle for loan of wheelchair, and anyone who has helped In anyway with this production

PRODUCTION TEAM

PRODUCTION MANAGER - MARTIN CHADWICK
SET DESIGN - HARVEY LEVENE
STAGE CONSTRUCTION - HARVEY LEVENE & TEAM
STAGE MANAGER - HARVEY LEVENE
ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER - DAVID FOSTER
PROPERTIES - JACKIE WILLIAMS & TRISH HUDSON
UPHOLSTERY - ANNE DUNLOP
WARDROBE - FRANCES SINGLETON & LYNNE ATKINSON
LIGHTING - RICHARD I'ANSON
SOUND - RICHARD LORD
PROMPT - KATH HALL
FRONT OF HOUSE - GEOFFREY PRATT
PROGRAMME - MARTIN CHADWICK