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Critical Stages and QUT Gardens Theatre present

L'Amante Anglaise

by Marguerite Duras

A brutal murder is committed in a small town in France. The dismembered corpse is dropped from a railway viaduct onto passing trains below... All except the head. Witness this modern classic psychological thriller that takes you right inside the heart and mind of the perpetrator. Based on a fascinating true crime that took place in 1949.

Pierre (Rob Meldrum) and Claire Lannes (Jillian Murray) are ordinary human beings leading everyday lives until a gruesome catastrophe occurs. In simple conversation, they effortlessly reveal the beauty and brutality of their inner selves, and create a painstaking portrait of lost passion.

Starring Rob Meldrum and Jillian Murray
Directed by Laurence Strangio
English translation by Barbara Bray

"Acting of the highest order…
Rare and heady theatre…
A sublime production."


Free community book exchange

Travelling with L'amante Anglaise will be a free book exchange devoted to great crime stories and true crime explorations. Each book contains a small note from the previous reader with a short message about why they loved the book. Bring along a crime genre book you'd like to swap for another, and make sure to complete a recommendation note card for the future reader of your book. You'll go home with a great story to read and a fellow book lover will have the chance to find out why you loved the book you're exchanging. You can also join the Facebook Group where you can follow other audience recommendations and maybe, just maybe, find out who got to read your exchange!

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