"I realised that Jekyll and Hyde answers all the questions about how do we bring more characters on stage with only one actor. They literally spring from the same body. After a while, the body of Jekyll becomes a sort of host and he says, 'I realized that Hyde was trying to take over the body of Jekyll forever'. For me it was the best example of a pre-existing one man format and avoids that dilemma that every one man show has - how do we introduce the other characters."
"I re-read the novel and then started doing some research and found out that it has sprung from a nightmare that Stevenson had and that his wife had encouraged him to retain the nightmarish quality in the writing. It is not linear but jumps back and forwards. So I tried to bring that to the show. A lot of audience members have picked up on the dreamlike or nightmarish experience of the piece.
With reviews describing the pieces as a "nightmare narrative" that's "beautifully written and performed, "vivid", and "unsettling", will you be a witness to Dr Jekyll's final statement? Or will Mr Hyde prove too strong and take over forever?
Davies says it's a "grab-you-by-the throat thriller which people love".
"It provokes a lot of debate about the nature of mental illness, the psychology of the time, dreams etc."
The show starts at 7.15pm and goes for 50 minutes. Tickets are just $15 each and seating style is cabaret.
Book online here or call the Koorliny Arts Centre Box Office on 9467 7118.