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The Devils

Whiting, J. and Tampalini, S. (2007) The Devils. [Play] [Creative Output]


‘The Devils’ is a play by John Whiting, based on a book by Aldous Huxley.

Grandier (Kit Sparrow) is the religious leader of a walled Protestant city in France called Loudon. The Catholic Cardinal Richelieu (Marisa Lander) tries, without success, to get the King’s permission to breakdown this dissenting stronghold, and so decides to go ahead by himself.

After a Wagnerian piano overture (pianist – Michael Workman), this contemporary play opens, as in Macbeth, with a couple of hags, the local surgeon and chemist (Tara Hoban and Rebecca Jarvis) cackling over their new acquisition for research. It is the head of a recently executed prisoner. We then see Grandier at his morning exercise, deflowering the maids of the city before sincerely repenting in the afternoon. His amorous advances are noticed by the deformed, schizophrenic Prioress (Danielle Taylor) who has been possessed by the Devil and now lusts after him.

With a conscience (?) Grandier decides to settle down so takes a partner, his latin pupil Phillipe (Kristina Francis).

Richelieu decides to send two of his officials to Loudon in order to dig up the dirt on Grandier and discredit this religious leader. De La Rochepozay (Sarah Reuben) spits venom as she threatens the locals. On finding mad Jeanne, the prioress who was rejected by Grandier, De Lombardement (Valentina Carboni) calls for an exorcism in an attempt to win over Jeanne's support for his capture. The exorcists Barre (Joel Sammels) and the drag queen-like De Condi (Jessica Karasinski) do their work.

Item Type: Creative Output
Written byWhiting, J.
DirectorTampalini, Serge
DirectorKarasinski, J.
DesignerTampalini, Serge
DesignerSparrow, K.
DesignerMcCready, L.
DesignerAlbanna, M.
DesignerScott, R.
DesignerTurner, K.
Company Credits: Nexus Theatre
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Social Sciences and Humanities
Other Information: An advanced final year theatre students' production
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