"In this world there is always danger for those who are afraid of it" - George Bernard Shaw
Young, trusting, and fragile – Bella Manningham thinks she’s losing her mind. In the evenings, she hears strange noises. The sitting-room gas lamps dim for no apparent reason. Is Bella’s loving relationship with her partner Jack all that it seems?
Presented by Queensland Theatre and Rodney Rigby, Patrick Hamilton’s 1938 play introduced us to the powerful term we now use to describe an insidious form of deception and manipulation.
This liberating adaptation by Johnna Wright and Patty Jamieson, which world premiered at the 2022 Shaw Festival, is a gripping, reimagined thriller of daring and doubt. Will the “gaslighting” have its intended dire effect, or will our heroine find the strength to save herself?
2hrs 30mins (incl. interval)
February 20th, 2024
Recommended: 13+ years
QPAC is located in a vibrant part of the city that is currently experiencing growth and development including roadworks that have temporarily changed access to the Centre, in particular the car park.
Please note, current roadworks may cause delays in travel times and we suggest you leave extra time to get to QPAC, so you don’t miss the start of your performance.
Train Stop at South Brisbane Station, opposite QPAC in Grey Street
Bus From 15 August the outbound bus services platform has moved to the end of Victoria Bridge across to the other side of Grey St (Melbourne St, opposite Starbucks Coffee). Platform 2 and Platform 3 will remain in this location for the duration of the Brisbane Metro works. Services will continue to operate from this temporary location as per bus timetables.
CityCat Stop at the South Bank ferry stop, which is only a short walk along the river from QPAC
Taxi The taxi area is located on the Grey Street side of QPAC. Free taxi phones are located in the Melbourne Street foyer, Cremorne Theatre lobby and near the Playhouse cloakroom.
Driving to QPAC From mid-July 2022 until 2024 road directions and access around QPAC and the Queensland Culture Centre will change due to ongoing Brisbane Metro construction. One of the most significant changes will be the permanent closure of Melbourne St between Grey St and Hope St to general vehicular traffic.
Access to the Cultural Centre car parks and the QPAC drop off zone opposite the South Brisbane train station will be via Montague Road.
Car Parking There are a range of parking options around QPAC including the following:
Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre Parking the best option for the Playhouse, with easy access via Russell Street. Entry via Grey Street (northbound) or Merivale Streets (southbound).
South Bank Parking Entry via Tribune or Glenelg Streets
Secure Parking offer evening and weekend parking at SW1 (32 Cordelia Street). Parking must be pre-booked online using Secure-a-Spot by selecting car park SW1. Once booked you will receive a PIN to enter and exit the car park.
"The perfect balance of drama and mystery" — Broadway World
Written by: Patrick Hamilton
Adapted by: Johnna Wright and Patty Jamieson
Director: Lee Lewis
Set and Costume Designer: Renée Mulder
Lighting Designer: Paul Jackson
Original Music and Sound Design: Paul Charlier
Bella: Geraldine Hakewill
Jack: Toby Schmitz
Elizabeth: Kate Fitzpatrick
Nancy: Courtney Cavallaro
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