Death and the Maiden

by Ariel Dorfman

directed by Carl Dunnington

Performed at the

Maskers' Studio Theatre


Wednesday 9th to Saturday 12th April 2003

What happens when the ghosts of your dark and troubled past suddenly catch up with you?
Can innocence ever be regained once evil has been experienced?
These are just two of the themes explored in Ariel Dorfman’s powerful and intense psychological thriller Death and the Maiden.

The play was originally set in Post-Pinochet Chile, but could be set in a country that has made the transition from a dictatorship to a democracy and its people have suffered serious human rights violations. This production was set in El Salvador just after the end of the civil war, in 1992. One night Paulina’s husband, Gerado, gives a lift to a stranger whose car has broken down on the motorway and subsequently brings him back to their remote beach hose. Paulina recognises the voice of this stranger as being that of her torturer from many years previously. She consequently decided to exorcise the ghosts of her past by kidnapping the stranger, Miranda, and putting him on trial for his crimes.

Cast (in order of appearance)
Paulina Escobar Hazel Burrows
Gerardo Escobar Alan Watson
Roberto Miranda Albie Minns


For the Maskers
Director Carl Dunnington
Stage Manager Julia Campone
Set Design Joe Diggins
Set Construction David Jupp, Graham Buchanan, Joe Diggins
Properies Ella Lockett, Gill Buchanan
Set Dressing Joe Diggins, Mollie Manns
Lighting Design Tony Lawther
Lighting Operatives Ivan White, Tom Huns
Sound Lawrie Gee
Programme Sandy White
Front of house Christine and Alan Baker
Business Jan Ward
Production Manager Mollie Manns

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