Dostoyevsky: Crime and Punishment

The Street, Canberra City
Adaptation by Marilyn Campbell-Lowe and Curt Columbus
Preview: Friday 21 June, 7.30pm
Season 22 June to 7 July 2024
90 min, various times

This dark production is at the same time fresh and faithful to the original. Often spoken of as the greatest crime story ever written, it is a tale of murder, motive and the search for redemption that plumbs the fundamental questions of existence.

Barbie spoke to actor PJ Williams at The Street about his role in Crime and Punishment

Impoverished student Raskolnikov believes himself above the law and so extraordinary that he may decide who should live or die.  But that all ends when he meets Inspector Porfiry, a master of mind games who is determined to elicit a confession from the ever-more- tortured Raskolnikov.

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Director and cast

Caroline Stacey is an award-winning director, Canberra Artist of the Year (2012) and the recipient of an OAM in 2022.

She has an extensive career as a festival director leading Castlemaine State Festival for seven years and as a stage director of theatre and opera working for companies as diverse as West Australian Opera, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne International Arts Festival, Sydney Opera House, Queensland Music Festival, Victorian Opera, Canterbury Opera, Melbourne Opera, Saltpillar Theatre, and Downstage Theatre (NZ).

Christopher Samuel Carroll is a professional actor, writer and director from Ireland, trained at The Samuel Beckett Centre, Dublin, and Ecole Jacques Lecoq, Paris. Performances at The Street include Art, Metamorphosis, Icarus, and War of The Worlds / Tourmaline. Christopher has been the Lead Artist for Canberra Youth Theatre’s Emerge Company.

PJ Williams is an actor and director. Acting credits for The Street Theatre include: Twenty Minutes With The Devil; A Doll’s House, Part 2; The Diary of a Madman; The Faithful Servant; The Chain Bridge, Violine; Six Pack; Breathing Corpses; The Give and Take; Without Prejudice. PJ has worked with ABC Canberra as a freelance media practitioner since 2002. He was a co-founder of Impro Theatre ACT.

Josephine Gazard is the writer and performer of the critically acclaimed one woman show That’s What She Said which premiered at Kings Cross Theatre in 2023, alongside a series of curated panels and educational performances to raise awareness about sexual assault on campus. She has trained at Actors Centre Australia and The Hub.