CASTLEMAINE theatre company Three’s A Crowd is bringing an ensemble historical figures to life.
The company’s new production, Assassins, will be staged in the Old Castlemaine Gaol from April 8.
Assassins tells the story of nine historical assassins including John Wilkes Booth and Lee Harvey Oswald.
Director Matt Sheehan said while the show tells the assassin’s stories, it does not glorify their actions.
“There’s a bit of artistic license to it conversations between John Wilkes Booth and Lee Harvey Oswald obviously never happened. Though it’s serious, it is a very black comedy,” Mr Sheehan said.
“The story uncovers the passion and rage that inspired their acts. It’s an examination of the dark side and the right to happiness.
“It also looks at entitlement. That idea of what should you do or who do you blame if you can’t find happiness.”
Mr Sheehan said staging the show in the old gaol would work well.
“We are trying to combine the aesthetic of the jail with the setting in the script of an old carnival. The two aesthetics work very well together,” he said.
Assassins is on in the Old Castlemaine Gaol on April 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 and 23 at 8pm. It is also on April 10 and 17 at 2pm. For more details visit www.3ac.com.au