The world premiere of the alien abduction play Alienation was overshadowed in dramatic fashion when its writer dissociated himself from the Perth Theatre Company production.
Sydney playwright Lachlan Philpott's name was missing from the program and the opening-night audience at the State Theatre Centre on Tuesday night found a note from him on their seats disavowing his involvement in the show.
See the rewiew of Alienation in The West Australian today.
"I would like to acknowledge the people who bravely shared their stories and the actors and creative artists who contributed to this work in good faith," Philpott wrote.
"However, the outcome of this production does not reflect my original, scripted or communicated intentions as the playwright."
Neither Philpott, Perth Theatre Company general manager Nic Clark nor artistic director Mel Cantwell would comment on the dispute.
Alienation, a co-production with Sydney's Q Theatre Company, is inspired by interviews with Australians who claim they were abducted and returned by extraterrestrials.
The production has been in development for two years and Philpott gave an interview promoting the play last month. Alienation is playing at the State Theatre Centre until July 13.