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The Dead Devils of Cockle Creek Review by Brisbane Stage

Exploring current controversial issues, The Dead Devils of Cockle Creek is a thought-provoking, shocking and hilarious new dark comedy by award-winning playwright Kathryn Marquet.

The events of one evening unfold within a wilderness shack inhabited by George, a self-righteous environmental scientist, and Harris, a park ranger focused on self-preservation. A lifeless, bloody Irish body suddenly breathes in vengeful life, complaining about the ‘headache’, which happens to be caused by a fresh bullet wound to his head. They are later visited by a tenacious 15-year-old girl guide, whose brainwashed ideologies change the dynamics in the small shack.

Portraying strong character choices, all four actors put on a stellar performance on opening night. At first, it would seem the actors’ choices don’t always align with the script until it becomes clear that contradiction is director Ian Lawson’s intention.

The play takes the audience through a rollercoaster of highs, lows and unexpected turns. Although impious at times, the style of humour is testament to Marquet’s clever writing.

A play of plethoric metaphors, The Dead Devils of Cockle Creek is one for theatre intellects and lovers of storylines that force you to question every little detail.

The Dead Devils of Cockle Creek is a co-production between La Boite and Playlab at La Boite’s Roundhouse Theatre until 3 March 2018.


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