A searing solo performance of Camus’s modern classic of alienation and hypocrisy that leaves us no shadow in which to hide.
Renowned as one of the great character studies in modern literature, The Stranger is Nobel Prize winner Albert Camus’ masterpiece. One of Canberra’s most celebrated actors, Christopher Samuel Carroll, delivers a performance of searing intensity in this solo adaptation of a modern classic.
It lays before us a seemingly ordinary man, who is extraordinary in his honesty: a philosophical riddle, who, in Camus’ words,
“refuses to lie. He says what he is, he refuses to hide his feelings and society immediately feels threatened.”
In this nuanced production audiences are challenged to test the boundaries of their own morality – to relate to this stranger, or cast their judgement upon him.
From the infamous opening line, “Maman died today”, the character of Meursault states his case with unflinching directness, confronting his listeners with a story of alienation, chance and life-shattering choices, that leaves us no shadow in which to hide.
Presented by Bare Witness Theatre Co. and supported by Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres.
The Stranger by Albert Camus
29 September - 2 October 2021, 7:30pm
Tickets $30/25 at Humanitix
The Ralph Wilson Theatre
Gorman Arts Centre
Batman St, Braddon 2612
Based on L’étranger by Albert Camus, © Editions Gallimard.
Translation by Matthew Ward, translation copyright © 1988 by Penguin Random House LLC; from THE STRANGER by Albert Camus, translated by Matthew Ward. Used by permission of Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC. All rights reserved.
Christopher Samuel Carroll
Supported by Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres and artsACT