'The Tunnel of Obsession'

by Ernesto Sábato

Adapted from Ernesto Sábato's novel and directed by David Graham-Young

Set and lighting designed by David Burrows
Costumes designed by Chrystine Bennett


Castel: Jamie Newall
Maria: Cassandra Holliday
Hunter/Allende: Gordon Milne
Mimi/PostOffice Clerk: Erin Geraghty

at The Warehouse Theatre, Croydon
opened Wednesday 29th October 2003 until Sunday 16th November 2003

The production was also performed as 'The Tunnel' at the Edinburgh Festival 2004
from 6th to 30th August at Hill Street Theatre.


Castel: Jamie Newall
Maria: Rebecca Gethings
Hunter/Allende: Gordon Milne
Mimi/PostOffice Clerk: Anna Savva

  I used a mercury vapour floodlight to provide a flat field of intense blue light throughout the show coupled with a constant veil of mist using a hazer. This was intended to underscore the play's structure of a first person narrative, the action of which is a series of memories. The photograph above captures the quality of the prevailing atmosphere most accurately.  

The murder

A fashionable Buenos Aires gallery is showing the works of Juan Pablo Castel. During the show he notices a young woman staring at one of his paintings. Maria Iribarne's unique appreciation reveals her to be the only person who truly understands him and his work, and signals the beginning of a desperate, passionate obsession for both of them.

Born and educated in Argentina, Ernesto Sábato, has written three novels and many volumes of essays. In 1985 he won the Miguel de Cervantes Prize (equivalent to the Nobel Prize for literature in Hispanic languages) for four decades of literary endeavour.

'Buenos Aires has given us very great writers: Borges, Cortázar and Sábato, the prophet'
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