Portraits of Modern Evil by Robert Reid

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  • Perth Institute of Contemporary Art

About the Play

In the winter of 1942, Melbourne's shadowy streets were the scene of three brutal stranglings by the elusive Brown-Out Strangler. These killings took place as World War II wore on to its bloody climax and as Melbourne was invaded by Australia’s allies: an army of hard-drinking American soldiers living loudly and lewdly.

Portraits of Modern Evil imagines what might have happened if two men on whom the war indelibly left its mark had crossed paths: Albert Tucker, one of Australia’s greatest modern painters and Eddie Leonski, better known as Australia’s first serial killer.

Filled with haunting multimedia images, this surreal and frightening tale is set to intrigue your senses.

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Cast & Creatives

Featuring The 2008 HotBed Ensemble: Anita Erceg, Brendan Ewing, Jo Morris, Thomas Papathanassiou, Ben Russell and Amanda Woodhams

Directed by Adam Mitchell
Set & Costume Design by Brad Reid
Lighting Design by Andrew Earle
Sound Design by Kingsley Reeve
Moving Pictures by Sohan Ariel Hayes


"...Enough to send shivers into the audience ... an intriguing night in the psychiatrist's room." The West Australian

"... imaginative, and filled with drama, often sending a shudder down the spine. This is one of the best plays this year, a complete, thorough and well thought out production." Theatre Australia

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