Grist to the Mill Productions
Bakehouse Theatre


Written By: Ross Ericson
Directed By: Michelle Yim

Who Plays The Villain?

Bassanio has been murdered and, under suspicion, Gratiano is forced to revisit his Fascist past. He was never the hero – just a minor character, the plucky comic relief – but he never thought he played the villain.

In a challenging sequel to William Shakespeare's 'The Merchant of Venice' we explore the politics of prejudice in the 20th Century and how ordinary people who never thought themselves as villains find themselves accountable for atrocities which would haunt them for life. Amongst the turmoil of post war Italy we read between the lines of Shakespeare's classic tale, examine the true nature of the characters, and ask just how politicians managed to manipulate democracy to turn a people against themselves and drive a nation apart.

Gratiano is one of three productions from Grist to the Mill at the Bakehouse studio, Adelaide Fringe. The other shows are The Empress and Me and The Unknown Soldier.

5* British Theatre Guide, 4* Broadway Baby, 4* Fringe Guru, 4* ThreeWeeks, 4* Bouquets&Brickbats, 4* 730Review

Approx. Running Time: 60min
Suitable for ages: 12+

Performance Dates:
Friday, 23 February 2018 – 7.30pm;
Wednesday, 28 February 2018 – 6.00pm;
Saturday, 3 March 2018 – 6.00pm;

Bakehouse Theatre Studio
255 Angas Street
South Australia 5000


Adults $25, Conc $20, Fringe Members $18.75, Groups (6+) $18, Bank SA $18.75, Pass Holder Discount: $20