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Redoubtable drama

Venue: Old Fitz Theatre, 129 Dowling Street (Cnr Cathedral Street), Woolloomooloo
Written By: John Patrick Shanley
Directed By: Dino Dimitriadis

Where do you draw the line between belief and suspicion? Between scandal and moral certainty? And when does the battle for truth turn into a witch hunt?

Damian de Montemas, Charmaine Bingwa, Belinda Giblin and Matilda Ridgway Photo: Robert Catto
Damian de Montemas, Charmaine Bingwa, Belinda Giblin and Matilda Ridgway Photo: Robert Catto

Amidst the turbulence of the 1960s, Sister Aloysius, a Bronx school principal and stern Catholic nun, takes matters into her own hands when she suspects Father Flynn of improper relations with one of the male students. An accusation sets the stage for a powerful clash of authority, tradition, responsibility and faith.

Local actor Charmaine Bingwa plays Mrs Muller, the mother of Donald Muller, an African-American student who has recently transferred to the school. Charmaine said: “Doubt has always been one of my favourite plays, the writing is exquisite. So as soon as I saw the audition notice, I made a beeline for it.”

Acknowledging the inherent challenges to the role, she added: “Mrs Muller is such a beautifully rich character to play. She is powerless, but she is strong; she isn’t educated, but she is smart; she has nothing, but she is resourceful. Part of the challenge is finding humanity in someone whose choices are widely condemned. But the real challenge is to act as a projector for her inner world – as a lot of the drama unfolds inside her. My heart breaks whenever I even think of her.”

The play is directed by Dino Dimitriadis (assistant director Daniel Cottier), with set and costume design by Jonathan Hindmarsh, lighting design by Alexander Berlage, stage and production management by Maria Spataro.

Apocalypse Theatre Company in association with Red Line Productions presents John Patrick Shanley’s multi award-winning drama Doubt: A Parable for a limited season at the Old Fitz Theatre from May 10.

$42 Adult, $35 Concession, $30 Previews and Cheap Tuesday.

www.redlineproductions.com.au

 

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