Classic psychological thriller from one of France’s most renowned authors.

The Lovers of Viorne (L’amante Anglaise)

A Critical Stages Production

Fri 14 – Sat 15 June 2019


$20-54 + booking fee

Theatre, Lismore City Hall



Based upon an actual event, The Lovers of Viorne (L’amante Anglaise) is a beautifully poignant and emotionally powerful portrait of lost passion.

A brutal murder is committed in a small town in France. The dismembered corpse is dropped from a railway viaduct onto passing trains below… All except the head.

This modern classic psychological thriller from celebrated French author, Marguerite Duras, takes you right inside the heart and mind of the perpetrator and is a fascinating and compelling true crime story.

Pierre (Rob Meldrum) and Claire Lannes (Jillian Murray -2015 Green Room winner, Best Female Performer, Independent Theatre) are ordinary human beings leading everyday lives until catastrophe occurs. Over the course of the drama, they effortlessly reveal the beauty and brutality of their inner selves, and create a painstaking portrait of lost passion. Performed exquisitely and directed by Laurence Strangio, The Lovers Of Viorne (L’amante Anglaise) is a rare and unmissable work of theatre.

It is a rare distinction for any production to have three consecutive seasons in Melbourne, but The Lovers of Viorne (L’amante Anglaise) proved so popular that its first two seasons at La Mama sold out. After its first season at 45 Downstairs sold out in 2016, it had a return season in February 2017.


Writer Marguerite Duras
Director Laurence Strangio
Performers Rob Meldrum and Jillian Murray


“L’amante Anglaise is a thrilling psychological drama, beautifully served by superb performances. I have rarely been as impressed by performance as I was by this production.” Mary Lou Jelbard, Artistic Director/Co-founder, 45 Downstairs

“if you want insight into the human condition, a look into how the inexpressible can still find voice, then look no further than L’amante Anglaise. Jillian Murray, the 2015 Green Room Award recipient for Best Female Performer in Independent Theatre for this role, and Robert Meldrum are equally superb in this compelling two-hander.” The Blurb

“Jillian Murray won a Green Room Award for this performance, and rightly so. Initially rational and lacking remorse, but so mousy as to invite disbelief she could have committed such a grisly crime, Murray’s Claire gradually reveals a woman imprisoned long before the murder: by the weight of nostalgia for a youthful love affair, by her loveless marriage, by the insistent drip of her own thoughts and finally, by the flood of madness.” Sydney Morning Herald


Single Tickets
Adult  $54
Senior/Concession/Groups 4+  $48
Under 25  $25

Adult $43
Senior/Concession/Groups 4+ $39
Under 25 $20

Allocated seating (numbered tickets).

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105 minutes no interval.
Adult (suitable for ages 15+)


The NORPA Diner will be open from 6pm, offering main meals, share plates and desserts. (There will always be vegetarian and gluten free options available). The seasonal menu will be confirmed one week before the performance date.

The licensed NORPA Bar will be open from 6pm, and also during and after the show. Drinks purchased from the bar are permitted inside the theatre. Sorry, no BYO.