by Maxine Mellor
presented by Queensland Theatre Company (2013)
Troll puppet by Dead Puppet Society
Clara is uncomfortably numb. Cocooned in her spartan home, she wallows in tracky-dacks and the misery of the recently jobless, feeding on apathy and the images of natural disaster piped into her living room by the pitiless glare of the TV.
Clara is haunted by what she could aspire to if she could break from her funk. Her relentlessly upbeat partner Erik has devised a plan for her to get back on her feet. Instead, she devises a series of increasingly gruesome ‘quests’ for him.
Then, one stormy night, a stranger calls –and the chinks in the pair’s relationship start to widen, revealing uncomfortable truths and hinting at the horrors to come, as ancient myths are dragged, growling, into the modern-day.
Wesley Enoch directs Maxine Mellor’s Trollop, which won the Queensland Premier's Drama Award for 2012/13, as part of this season’s Greenhouse program.