In Angela Betzien’s new play The Hanging, Iris (Ashleigh Cummings) is a potent, wary 14-year-old. After being reported missing along with two close friends, she stumbles into a police station in regional Victoria – terrified, covered in scratches, alone. She claims to have no memory of the past couple of days, and doesn’t know where her friends are.
Detective Flint (Luke Carroll) brings Iris to one of her family’s properties for gentle questioning. Iris is agitated, and isn’t much soothed from the arrival of her nominated ‘support person’ – Ms Corrossi (Genevieve Lemon), her English teacher at Maidstone Girls, a prestigious boarding school. And from here, in a room in a house Iris refers to merely as “my father’s,” an entire world of secrets grows… READ MORE