Preview: Death and the Maiden

Death and the Maiden. Pic: Comp

Death and the Maiden. Pic: Comp

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“FORGIVE, yes. Forget, no. But forgive so we can start again.”

Edinburgh Graduate Theatre Group (EGTG) present Ariel Dorfman’s classic play Death and the Maiden at Royal Scots Club, Abercromby Place, this Fringe.

Gerardo, a leading light in the new government, introduces his wife to a man who gave him a lift home when his car broke down.

Paulina claims she recognises the voice of the man who held her captive under the old regime.

Gerardo tries to persuade his wife to forgive and forget but Paulina wants revenge.

Truth, memories and the thirst for justice collide.

Written almost 25 years ago, on his return to Santiago after 17 years in exile, Dorfmann saw his play as his gift to a country in transition. Pinochet, one-time dictator of Chile, was no longer in power but still cast a long shadow.

The production marks EGTG’s 51st year on the Fringe.

Director Claire Wood has long been fascinated with the play and says, “The cast and I have spent a lot of time discussing and debating the author’s intentions. Dorfman keeps us guessing about the identity of victor and victim – or are all the characters simultaneously both?

“The pleasure - and intrigue - for the audience lies in trying to draw their own conclusion.”

Death and the Maiden, Royal Scots Club, Abercromby Place, Monday-Saturday, 9pm, £10, 0131-226 0000