SHADOWS OF ANGELS 2023 PROGRAM
SHADOWS OF ANGELS
Presented by Anglesea Performing Arts
Written by Fleur Murphy
Directed by Iris Walshe Howling & Janine McKenzie
Original Music by Kirstin Honey
Cast: Julie Fryman (Femme 1), Lina Libroaperto (Femme 2), Nikki Watson (Femme 3) and Stacey Carmichael (Femme 4)
Set in the city slums of 1920s Australia and based on true events, ‘Shadows of Angels’ sees four women recollect the part each played in a crime on one hot, volatile day. The horrific event set in motion an investigation and opened up a mystery from the past that connected these four very different individuals.‘Shadows of Angels’ explores the desperate lives and dangerous minds of female criminals, challenging ideas of gender, sexuality, poverty and crime.
Wicked women, seductive sinners, vicious vixens – thanks to Hollywood, the Femme Fatale is typically depicted as a glamorous, gun-toting, red-lipped, curvaceous blonde. Shadows of Angels, written by Melbourne playwright Fleur Murphy, exposes the real and gritty lives of women in crime. Four very different women, with cleverly interwoven stories, challenge our ideas of gender, sexuality, poverty and crime. Set within the city slums of Melbourne, Australia in 1929, the play explores the desperate lives and dangerous minds of the female criminal in this gripping piece of contemporary theatre.
Fleur Murphy (Writter)
“Australian playwright Fleur Murphy’s powerful uncompromising script holds storytelling close to it’s heart, offering us an opportunity to work towards an aurally rich, visually striking production. The challenge for the actors has been the emphasis on the exploration of the power of language as the text’s inherent rhythm provides the piece with an internal rhyme through heightened poetic language.”
Iris Walshe- Howling (Director)