The Tell-Tale Heart (2010)
By Barrie Kosky
19 November 2010 – 02 December 2010 Merlyn Theatre
Adapted after Edgar Allan Poe
New Adaptation Theatre
"A man - a murderer - sits alone upon a staircase, pursued by shadows, weeping darkness and throwing up demons. If at first he seems a mass of neuroses, his tics and spasms the symptoms of a terrible guilt, soon enough he is revealed as the dark soul of our age and, eventually, of the state of a theatre trembling on the edge of obsession and madness."
The return of a production first performed at the Malthouse in 2007.
"A CAREFULLY COUNTOURED MUSICAL AND THEATRICAL JEWEL ... MARTIN NIEDERMAIR IS UNFORGETTABLE."
— Sydney Morning Herald
"THIS IS THEATRE THAT PLAYS IN THE MINDS OF THE AUDIENCE AS MUCH AS IT DOES ON STAGE, THAT INVITES US TO COME ON A VOYAGE INTO OUR OWN SUBCONSCIOUS ... THIS IS POE RENDERED NAKED, STRIPPED OF THE RAGS OF GOTHIC MELODRAMA AND IT IS A TERRIFYING VISION."
— The Australian
Malthouse Theatre's The Tell-Tale Heart is based on Schauspielhaus Vienna's 2004 production, Das Veraterische Herz. Originally performed for the Melbourne International Arts Festival 2007.