Switzerland: Classic Thriller

The aging writer and the young agent

By Roger Childs

Credit: Stephen A’Court

Crime writer Patricia Highsmith has retreated to the land of mountains, cuckoo clocks and fondue. Is she a burnt-out case or has she got another Tom Ripley novel waiting to get out?

The publisher’s agent, Edward Ridgeway, thinks she has and turns up on her doorstep to persuade her to make it happen.

She’s not pleased, and early on we have the timid geek on the back foot confronted by the shrill harridan. But things are not all they seem. The stage is set for a dramatic psychological thriller.

The cast of two steals the show

Catherine Downes as Patricia (Credit Stephen A’Court)

Joanna Murray-Smith is an experienced playwright and author of world renown.

Simon Leary (Credit Stephen A’Court)

Switzerland provides an ideal vehicle for Catherine Downes and Simon Leary to give superb performances as they grab the audience from the start and don’t let go.

This is a very clever script with its shifting characterization, unexpected revelations and intense emotions.

It all adds up to a great night of first class entertainment.

 

(Switzerland is on at Circa in Wellington until April 14 and is not to be missed. To see a fuller review by renowned critic, Ralph McAllister, scroll down to March 21.)

 

 

 

 

 

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