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Roulette Part 1&2

Roulette Part 1&2 make up the first eight works in a cycle of twelve short works which focus on chance meetings between two people in a range of situations. It provides a mosaic of human interaction across a range of emotional landscapes. The series of twelve works are inspired by an ancient Chinese cosmology chart called the Twelve Branches of Life: desire, travel, fortune, self-expression, marriage, responsibility, health, class and rank, law, business, children, friendship.

"It’s been a long time since I’ve experienced acting as transcendentally clear, clutter free and mesmerising as this. See it."

DB Magazine


"The short works on offer here are each as amusing, accomplished and provocative entertainments as you could wish to stumble upon."

Daily Telegraph


"Raimondo Cortese’s series of plays is raw theatre at its most basic and brilliant."

Sunday Mail


Texts - Raimondo Cortese
Director/Designer - Adriano Cortese

Assistant Director - Robert Daoud

Lighting Designer - Lisa Trewin

Performers: Inconsolable - Heather Bolton, Paul Lum, David Tredinnick; Borneo - Heather Bolton, Kelly Tracey; Petroleum - Robert Morgan, Torquil Neilson; Legacy - Beth Buchanan, Tony Nikolakopoulos; Fortune - Torquil Neilson, Tony Nikolakopoulos; Night - Zoe Burton, Kelly Tracey; Sickeness - Paul Lum, Robert Morgan, David Tredinnick; Hotel - Beth Buchanan, Zoe Burton

Stage Manager - Brooke Fuzzard

Production Manager - Cathy Reid

Company Manager - Cathy Reid, Chris Dupé



2003 - Site Festival, Coimbra, Portugal (Sickness and Hotel)

2002 - Chapel off Chapel, Melbourne

2001 - PoNTi Festrival, Porto, Portugal

2001 - Company B, Belvoir St Theatre, Sydney

2000 - Price Theatre, Adelaide Festival, Adelaide

2000 - La Mama Theatre, Melbourne (Hotel)

1999 - La Mama Theatre, Melbourne (Fortune, Sickness, Night)

1998 - Adelaide Fringe Festival, Adelaide (Borneo)

1998 - La Mama Theatre, Melbourne (Petroleum and Legacy)

1997 - La Mama Theatre, Melbourne (Borneo)

1996 - La Mama Theatre, Melbourne (Inconsolable)


2002 - Green Room nomination for Best direction

2002 - Green Room nomination for Female Actor

2002 - Green Room nomination for Male Actor



Roulette Part1&2 has been supported by the Australian Government through its arts funding and advisory body the Australia Council for the Arts; The Victorian Government through Arts Victoria; Adelaide Festival; Company B Belvoir St Theatre; Performing Lines; La Mama Theatre, Melbourne


Roulette - 12 dialogues by Raimondo Cortese, Currency Press in association with La Mama Theatre 2005

Inconsolable by Raimondo Cortese in The La Mama Collection: Six Plays for the 1990s, ​ Jones, Liz (ed.), Currency Press 1997

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