The late American author Patricia Highsmith penned some of the most iconic, dark and twisted suspense novels of all time, but now the acerbic author herself is centre stage in the new edge-of-your-seat theatrical thriller “Switzerland”, presented by the Queensland Theatre Company and opening on May 20 at the Bille Brown Studio.
Paige Rattray directs the production of Switzerland, bringing the work of Melbourne playwright Joanna Murray-Smith to Queensland for the first time. Joanna hypothesises on the last night of the author’s life, beginning with Patricia living the life of a hermit in the Swiss Alps, withdrawn from the world.
But when a young emissary from her publisher intrudes, demanding a contract for one more devastatingly brilliant book, she knows it can only be one story: a final outing for suave, amoral serial killer Tom Ripley. But what happens when the bestselling author’s muse won’t do her bidding anymore?
“Switzerland” stars Andrea Moor (pictured, top) as the acerbic and witty author of crime fiction greats including the novel Strangers on a Train and the five novel series following dapper sociopath and serial killer Tom Ripley. More recently, Patricia’s novel The Price of Salt was made into the critically acclaimed lesbian drama film Carol, starring Cate Blanchett.
The production is presented by the Queensland Theatre Company, and runs from May 20 to June 23 at Bille Brown Studio at QTC’s The GreenHouse in South Brisbane. Tickets are available from QueenslandTheatre.com.au.