Creative projects are always open to interpretation and this is what the Melbourne Fringe is all about.
The Mouse is a brand new Australian thriller that asks the question: How far can sibling rivalry go?
Her mother is dead, the funeral is over and now Claire and her husband Rob must return to the family home to sort out the issue of the inheritance. After shocking revelations emerge, Claire desperately seeks to make amends with her troubled younger sister Beth, who, in turn, has her own dark motives for keeping Claire at the house.
It sounds exciting doesn't it and it should have been, but I have to say it lacked energy and importantly, suspense. Unfortunately, the murder doesn't take place until the last 5 minutes of the show (and it's not seen but talked about), however, this is the time when the drama actually comes alive. I'm not a fan of flashbacks and stories that start at the end and go back non-linear, but in this case, I believe the show would have benefited by starting with the ending and then the audience would be more engaged in wondering what happened.
It was opening night and there may have been teething problems but I hope the energy and the suspense are stepped up by the performers. I have to say the male lead, Dominic Westcott, was an excellent standout.
I don't want to put anyone off experiencing this play because the ending is great, just a pity it takes so long to get there.