PEARTREE LIFE: Experiencing Languages

Everyman present: Thérèse Raquin by Émile Zola

Play by Émile Zola. Adapted by Nicholas Wright

“Émile Zola’s gripping psychological thriller. Stifled by an oppressive mother-in-law and a sickly husband, Thérèse falls passionately for another man. Their feverish affair drives the lovers to commit a crime that will haunt them forever.” (Chapter Arts,

On the opening night, we caught up with the talented actress, Josephine Partridge, who plays the lead role of the troubled and trapped Therese, to ask her a few questions about her role in this latest Everyman production.

What attracted you to this role? 

“Therese is a very complex character who has many sides, which is really fun to explore for any actress. Also, the play is based on a novel, which was banned when it was first published for being too risque. I have always loved the book, so this was a wonderful opportunity.”

What are you most excited about? 

“So far the experience has been brilliant. The play could be performed over and over and would be different every night as it’s very open. After a lot of hard work, I’m really just excited to perform for an audience. And, I’m excited to see the reaction of people who don’t already know the play or the book.”

How do you think the audience will react?

“If they know the novel, I hope they will be pleasantly surprised by our interpretation and I also hope they will think we have done it justice with our interpretation. If they don’t know the novel, they will be shocked as there as some very surprising moments!”

What’s next for Josephine Partridge? 

“Good question! A pilot for a Netflix show in the New Year and apart from that Christmas!”

Get your tickets from Chapter Arts Centre, the play runs from Tuesday 28th November until Saturday 2nd December. See you there!

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Peartree Languages is a language school located in Cardiff.


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