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It was supposed to be the perfect crime...


By arrangement with Origin Theatrical, on behalf of Samuel French Ltd and produced by Presidential Productions, comes a new version of ROPE  by Patrick Hamilton. Adaptation written and directed by James Cunningham, ROPE performed four shows sold-out shows at Perth's Fringe World festival in 2016. 


Originally written in 1929, Patrick Hamilton's ROPE  was first performed in London's West End, and Broadway in New York. Alfred Hitchcock immortalised ROPE  on the silver screen by in 1948, starring Jimmy Stewart. In 2016 and exclusively for Perth’s Fringe World festival, James Cunningham's new adaptation set in modern day Australia is a bold update for a new generation of theatre-goers.


ROPE  featured a stellar cast of five local Perth actors, including Benjamin Pentony, Stewart Sant, Matthew Panegyres, Rowland van Zwol and Sandy Hunter.

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As an intellectual challenge to commit 'the perfect murder', two university students from Perth murder a fellow classmate. Wallowing in ego, the pair host a party, inviting the victim's oblivious family and friends.


In this modern interpretation of ROPE, topics of conversations involve true crime, justice, punishment, and the value of life. A tense and thrilling evening unfolds as the soiree's guests become increasingly suspect toward their host's intentions.

Rehearsals of ROPE.
Cast and crew of ROPE.

ROPE  is not a whodunit. The audience knows exactly what the diabolical pair has done, and only one party guest suspects that something is not quite right. The dramatic arc of the play is the journey of discovery that takes place, as the pieces of the puzzle are revealed. 


James Cunningham's adaptation of ROPE explores morality, mortality and Nietzsche's ideas of a superior intelligence. ROPE  was a not-to-be-missed event at Perth's Fringe World festival in 2016.

Rehearsals of ROPE.

ROPE was produced with the support of...

Fringe World
Murdoch University
Samuel French
Origin Theatrical

Special thanks to...


Tim Brain, Linda Cunningham, Sandy Hunter, Julie McKenna, Matt Panegyres, Benjamin Pentony, Stewart Sant, JoAnn Theriault, Jake Wapple, and Rowland van Zwol.

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