'One of the greatest crime novels of our times is given a brilliant stage adaptation by Tom Holloway with direction by Sam Strong.
'Insurance agent Walter Huff has nosed around the business long enough to smell a scam, so when he meets Phyllis Nirdlinger to talk about her husband’s insurance coverage he gets a perfumed whiff of trouble. But she has a persuasive way of putting things. Can’t a wife fix a little security for herself? After all, a beloved husband can suffer a fatal accident just as easily as an honest guy can fall hard for a dame who’s no good.
'The LA sunshine throws plenty of dark shadows in James M Cain’s sensational thriller novels of the thirties and forties, of which this steamy tale of murder and desire is the undoubted masterpiece.
'Cain’s novel was famously adapted for the screen, and Tom Holloway’s smart-mouthed stage adaptation now breathes new life into one of the greatest crime narratives of our times. With Sam Strong (The Speechmaker) providing the hard boiled direction, and a stellar cast including Leon Ford (Private Lives), Claire van der Boom (Sisters of War), Jessica Tovey (Wonderland), and Lachlan Woods (North by Northwest), Double Indemnity promises audiences at least twice the ordinary payout in passion and intrigue.' (Production summary)
Presented by the Melbourne Theatre Company. Performed at Arts Centre Melbourne, Playhouse : 30 May - 2 July.
Sam Strong - Director
Andrew Bailey - Set Designer
Esther Marie Hayes - Costume Designer
Paul Jackson -Lighting Designer
Kelly Ryall -Composer
Leith McPherson -Voice & Dialect Coach
Stephen Nicolazzo -Assistant Director
Leon Ford; Peter Kowitz; Richard Piper; Edwina Samuels; Jessica Tovey; Claire van der Boom; Lachlan Woods