Twenty Minutes With The Devil – The Street Theatre

World premiere season
New dates – 6 to 14 November 2021
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Tickets $37 to $45

Written by Luis Gómez Romero and Desmond Manderson, developed and made in Canberra, Twenty Minutes with the Devil is a gripping tale inspired by events leading to the capture of El Chapo, Mexico’s most notorious drug lord, in 2016.

Barbie spoke to one of the performers, Raoul Craemer, about Twenty Minutes With the Devil

It’s black comedy drama, exploring the divide between law and justice. The real-life story of El Chapo’s capture provided the writers with a fantastic canvas.

After the powerful drug lord escaped from Mexican federal security forces and military, his get-away plans were foiled when he was pulled over by a highway patrol team in the middle of the night and taken to a seedy highway motel. They were told to sit tight.

Desmond Manderson asks us to ponder this situation: ‘Sit tight! What did they talk about—two lowly cops and the most wanted man in the world — alone in a room, while they waited for the army to arrive – or the cartel to get there first?’

The Street’s production mixes suspense and comedy with magical realism in a work where the living dance with the dead in the locked room of the modern world – ghosts and hauntings, cops, drug cartels, violence, corruption, North vs South.

Ordinary people with virtues and weaknesses, beliefs and backgrounds, are challenged in a situation bigger than themselves with the clock ticking, choices to be made, survival at stake, and nowhere to hide.


  • PJ Williams as El Ticho, Joanna Richards as Angela and Raoul Craemer as Romulo
  • Directed by The Street’s Artistic Director Caroline Stacey
  • Designers Imogen Keen, Antony Hateley, James Tighe

Special events:

  • The Crisis of Justice in the Modern World 11 November 6.15pm to 7.15pm– pre-show discussion and Q & A session,

    • Playwrights Desmond Manderson & Luis Gómez Romero
    • Associate Professor David Caldicott, emergency spokesperson for the Australian Science Media Centre on issues of illicit drug use and the medical response to terrorism and disaster
    • Dr Thomas Nulley-Valdes, Visiting Fellow in the College of Arts & Social Sciences at ANU. He is an emerging scholar of World Literature with a focus on Spanish and Latin American literature of the 19th, 20th and 21st Centuries. 
  • Meet the Makers Q&A 14 November – Post-show with cast and creative team

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