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Brilliant lies

David Williamson’s play Brilliant Lies explores the dynamics of sex and power, questions right and wrong and delves to try and find the truth. An attractive young woman accuses her former employer of harassment and unfair dismissal, demanding compensation of $40,000. Our view of the truth of the events shifts as we learn more of each character and their version of what happened. A public hearing ensues with a surprising twist. Has justice been served or another 'brilliant lie' perpetrated? We acknowledge, even accept the fact of lies in our lives. There are those who see lies as an essential tool for survival in our modern society. All of us are capable of lying, and justifying the need for lies. Lies or misrepresentations of the truth about ourselves take on an even more interesting dimension when considered in the light of the relationship between the sexes. It may even be possible that one of the key contributing factors in the ‘battle of the sexes’ is an inability for either sex to deal in a consistently honest way with each other. How do we know when someone tells us the truth? Because we trust them, know them? We like to think the truth is something concrete; it’s true, or it’s not true. This maybe correct in some fields of mathematics or science because it can be measured, weighed, examined. But in our everyday lives it’s seldom so simple. Our recognition of what is true is based on our perceptions. When a man compliments a woman on a dress he may think he was being supportive or friendly. She, however, may feel he’s being a ‘sleaze’, or even harassing her. They both know the truth, yet neither does. The play Brilliant Lies examines the nature of truth and lies through an allegation of sexual harassment in the workplace. It challenges our views we are challenged in our possible preconceptions of what constitutes harassment. While many traditional values have been called into question in the modern world, we l...

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