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Hyde - The Final Statement of Dr Jekyll at Koorliny Arts Centre

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Koorliny Arts Centre is stage for dark tale
Fresh from Fringe World and a tour of the UK and Germany, David Davies presents Hyde the final statement of Dr Jekyll at Koorliny Arts Centre on April 21 & 22, 2017.

The show, based on Robert Louis Stevenson's famous novella Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, has been adapted by Davies into a gripping, edge-of-the-seat drama highlighting the quote: "In each of us, two natures are at war the good and the evil."

Hyde the final statement of Dr Jekyll describes the events that led to the struggle between the good Dr Jekyll and his evil alter-ego Mr Hyde.

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David Davies in character

It's 1886 and Dr Jekyll has discovered a formula that separates the good self from the evil self. The problem is that the evil Mr Hyde wants to take over the body of Jekyll forever so that he can indulge his monstrous pleasures.

Dr Jekyll describes the events that led to his discovery as well as his struggle to keep control of Mr Hyde.

Davies said he was looking for the ideal vehicle for a one-man show.

"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.

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When: April 21 & 22, 2017
Phone: (08) 94677118
Where: Koorliny Arts Centre, Kwinana
Cost: $15
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