Theatre often tries to confront truth in different manners and never was this more true than in Theatre Works and OpticNerve’s new production, Polygraph.

Questioning if we do live in an era of Post-Truth Politics and if truth is a reality or only a perception, this play is written by globally acclaimed director, playwright and actor Robert Lepage and Marie Brassard.

A play noir: part metaphysical thriller, part murder mystery and part love story, it is based on a series of true interwoven stories, with the tale unfolding gradually as the personal and political perspectives shift. The play centres around the brutal murder of a young woman, and the suspected culprit, her close friend, Francois, who is a political science student. Six years later, at the making of a film about the incident, Francois meets Lucie, an actress and David, a criminologist who is in charge of polygraph examinations. Through this they uncover a series of unanswered questions with crucial implications for everyone involved.

Certain to leave you questioning where the sense of truth or reality comes from, the play is presented by the boundary-pushing OpticNerve Performance Group, who are one of Melbourne’s most celebrated independent theatre ensembles.

See OpticNerve’s Polygraph for a limited time until the 29th of July at Theatre Works.


Dates: 17 – 29 July 2018

Location: Theatre Works, 14 Acland Street, St Kilda

Times: multiple times – see website for full listing

Theatre Works Website