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Gaslight

by Patrick Hamilton

Directed by Joyce Birch

Patrick Hamilton's chilling psychological thriller, Gaslight, will be brought vividly to life when it opens at the Genesian Theatre on Saturday 9th November 2002.

Gaslight tells the story of the Manninghams, who lived in Victorian London in the 19th Century. When the curtain rises, all appears to be peaceful. It is soon apparent, that Mr. Manningham, a handsome and apparently loving husband is slowly torturing his gentle and adoring wife into insanity, under the guise of kindness. Whilst he is out Mrs. Manningham has an unexpected caller - the charming, but eccentric former Detective Rough from Scotland Yard with news of a grisly crime committed several years earlier in her house. What follows is a night of suspense and one woman's awakening from a repressed domestic situation to the realisation that she can take control of her own life!

Director Joyce Birch explains that, "The audience will join Mrs. Manningham on a roller-coaster of emotions as she is tortured by her husband's games, but slowly draws strength from the visiting Detective. Whilst set in the 19th Century, Gaslight is every bit as relevant in the 21st century - it paved the way for many of today's modern thrillers and this production is brought to life by a young and energetic cast!"

Gaslight opens at the Genesian Theatre, 420 Kent Street, Sydney on Saturday 9th November and runs until Saturday 21st December for a season of Friday and Saturday evenings at 8.00 p.m. and Sundays at 4.30 p.m.

Tickets can be booked through MCA Ticketing on (02) 9645 1611.