Tonight, a stranger calls. For Paulina Salas, his voice triggers a memory she has long tried to suppress. Through months in captivity under a brutal regime she never saw her captor’s face, but she heard his voice, calm yet menacing. A voice she will never forget. When her husband invites a stranger back to their isolated beach house, she hears that voice again.

Ariel Dorfman’s explosively provocative, award-winning play is a heart-stopping psychological thriller. Written in the wake of the Pinochet regime in Chile, today it resonates even more chillingly as the world watches dictatorships crumble and retribution reign.

Argentinian born director Leticia Cáceres brings a personal awareness to this production which features an exceptional cast led by Susie Porter (Puberty Blues).

News & Reviews


Death and the Maiden is a wonderful play, and if you haven’t seen it, you should.

The Age

Death and the Maiden is a story that should be told here and now.

Aussie Theatre

A beautifully constructed psychological thriller.

The Arts Desk

Gripping and harrowing.

The Telegraph

Leticia Cáceres is a director whose uncompromising belief in theatre’s power has been undiminished.



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Attendance Information

  • Contains coarse language, adult themes and descriptions of abuse.

  • FM Hearing Systems are available for this production
  • This production will be audio described on 11 August (6.30pm) and 15 August (4pm, with tactile tour at 3pm) and captioned on 22 August (4pm). To learn more about these performances, email

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