by Melissa Reeves

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by Melissa Reeves

Jane Macmanamin starts work as a domestic at the Salt Creek Hotel, an isolated frontier outpost. The first thing she witnesses is an adulterous embrace between Nellie, her employer, and Malachi Martin, a yard-hand. A week later, Nellie's husband, John Robinson is murdered.

Over the course of the play the lives of Nellie, Malachi and Jane become disturbingly intertwined, a triangular relationship of love, greed, fear and desire, leading remorselessly to a tragic conclusion. As the hotel deteriorates, and money is scarce, Malachi commits another murder in which Nellie may or may not be complicit, and Jane seems unable or unwilling to extricate herself from an increasingly perilous situation.

Salt Creek Murders is based on the true story of a series of murders committed in the 1850s in the Coorong in South Australia.

"...dynamic mix of suspense, horror, intrigue and humour." - Selina Mansell, The Border Watch

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Wal Cherry Best Unproduced Play of the Year (2001 winner)

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