Thérèse Raquin by Émile Zola, Nona Shepphard

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Thérèse Raquin

A story of paralysing passion

Late 19th century, Paris. In a small dusty haberdasher’s shop near the Seine in the dank, narrow Passage du Pont Neuf, the young and beautiful Thérèse Raquin is trapped in a loveless marriage to her sickly cousin, Camille.

While her husband is out all day working, Thérèse is confined behind the counter of the small shop and – every Thursday evening – to watching her domineering aunt, Madame Raquin, play dominoes with a very odd assortment of old friends.

One Thursday evening Camille brings a childhood friend to the party – the bluff and attractive Laurent – and he inspires such powerful feelings in Thérèse that she surrenders all her inhibitions and loyalties to a brutal and overwhelming passion that overturns all their lives and has results no one could have foreseen…

In keeping with the innovative and challenging nature of the original work, this radical new adaptation uses music, lyrics and movement to heighten and distil the underlying themes; and a three-woman chorus to give voice to Thérèse’s secret fears and desires.

Publisher: Oberon Books Ltd ISBN: 9781783196159 Pages: 88