Imperial Artistry In Association with Red Line Productions
Crimes Of The Heart
by BETH HENLEY
Presented by Shaw & Partners Wealth Management
DIRECTOR: JANINE WATSON
CAST: CALEB ALLOWAY, AMANDA MCGREGOR, LAURA PIKE, RENAE SMALL & AMY USHERWOOD
DESIGNER: JONATHAN HINDMARSH
LighTing Design: Alexander Berlage
'From time to time a play comes along that restores one’s faith in
our theatre…' – NY Magazine
It would be easy to simply describe Beth Henley’s witty and character-driven play Crimes of the Heart as a wistful tragicomedy about the lives and loves of three sisters brought back together by an horrific act of violence. However, by setting the play 5 years after Hurricane Camille — a catastrophic category 5 disaster that fell on Mississippi in 1969 — Henley has also allowed classic Southern Gothic tropes to permeate the story of these funny, frightened and brave women.
Damaged by their past, the sisters must rebuild their lives amid the ruins of the hurricane, the effects of which are still being felt and remembered by all who experienced it. Old loves return, relationships are tested, society is unforgiving. Their old family home in the deep south is the setting. This home is owned by Old Granddaddy who lies dying in hospital and remains unseen for the duration of the play.
Congregating within his walls when trouble strikes them, the lifelong influence Granddaddy had on Lenny, Meg and Babe becomes a kind of supernatural force they encounter as they attempt to discover their own identities. The sisters’ warmth, humour and love is the thread pulling them through.