By Christopher Hampton, Produced by MTC Neon Festival of Independent Theatre, Darwin Festival, Little Ones Theatre.
Heaving bosoms, panniered skirts, perilous hair and a little Chaka Khan on the harpsichord in this classic drama of sex, betrayal and bad behaviour.
Dangerous Liaisons is famed for its sardonic wit and morally ambiguous depiction of the battle between the sexes. Following the controversial novel by Choderlos de Laclos, Christopher Hampton’s stage adaptation and the cult film Cruel Intentions, acclaimed independent company Little Ones Theatre brings its unique brand of high camp to this lethal drawing room tragi-comedy.
Inspired by Charles Ludlan’s Ridiculous Theatre, Derek Jarman, high-fashion Rococo and the decadent period pieces of Peter Greenaway, this dazzling production was voted one of the best theatre experiences of 2014. Sex, gender and power-play riotously take to the stage in an opulent salon of debauchery.
This lauded MTC Neon Festival production performed a sold out season and was critically acclaimed, making the Best Theatre of 2014 list in the Herald Sun. Dangerous Liaisons played to 1300 patrons over the course of one week.
Dangerous Liaisons is also the first touring production of a Neon season, making its return as part of the 2015 Darwin International Arts Festival where it played to over 1200 patrons over two performances at the Darwin Entertainment Centre. In 2016, Dangerous Liaisons was remounted again as part of the Melft Festival of Queer Arts at Brisbane Powerhouse and as part of the VCE Playlist at Theatre Works.
With: Alexandra Aldrich, Zoe Boesen, Catherine Davies, Tom Dent, Brigid Gallacher, Amanda McGregor, Joanna Sutton and Janine Watson.
Director: Stephen Nicolazzo
Writer: Christopher Hampton after Choderlos de Laclos
Set Design: Eugyeene Teh
Costume Design: Eugyeene Teh and Tessa Leigh Wolffenbuttel Pitt
Lighting Design: Katie Sfetkidis
Sound Design & Composition: Russell Goldsmith and Daniel Nixon
Choreography: Kurt Phelan
Producer: Bek Berger
Production Manager: Rebecca Poulter
Stage Manager: Ainsley Kerr