1948, Vienna - black-marketeers run rings around
the occupying forces; racketeers traffic in essential drugs;
murders are commonplace as refugees and members of the old order
jockey for position, reinventing themselves with false identities.
Amidst the chaos of
liberation a naive pulp novelist,Rollo Martins, arrives in Vienna
to meet up with his old school-friend, Dr Harry Lime, only to
learn that he has been killed in a car accident. Suspicious of
foul play he stays on in the city to seek the truth about his
friend's death, but as he pursues the shadowy presence of the
'third man' present at Harry's accident he finds himself embroiled
in a plot more chilling and twisted than any of his own titles.
Red Shift's journey into
this tortured landscape explored the tension, fear and cruelty
that lives at the heart of one of Graham Greene's most compelling
and accessible thrillers.
October 2004 marked Greene's
centenary. Renowned for inventive adaptations, sumptuous design
and musical innovation, Red Shift presented a gripping stage
version of one of his most acclaimed tales; a study of the aftermath
of war, of victory and defeat, and the anonymity within which
morality and humanity become vulnerable.