WORLD PREMIERE ADAPTATION
Adapted by Phillip Kavanagh
Orgon leads a blissful, happy life. His extravagant and wealthy lifestyle is perfectly complemented by a marriage to a much younger woman. His daughter is engaged and his son is in love. But when he welcomes the deceptively slick Tartuffe into his family, he unwittingly injects his home with a lethal dose of chaos. Nothing is off limits as Tartuffe exploits Orgon to pilfer his fortune and attempt the seduction of his wife and his daughter. Can the family fight back before it’s too late?
First performed in 1664, Molière’s side-splitting classic combines adultery, betrayal, seduction, lies and deceit with the precisely organised chaos that is known as farce.
Proudly co-produced with Brink Productions, Tartuffe sees director Chris Drummond reunite with Adelaide comedic favourites Nathan O’Keefe (The Importance of Being Earnest), Paul Blackwell (Volpone) and Rory Walker (Summer of the Seventeenth Doll) for the first time since their collaboration on the scintillating production The Hypochondriac. Molière’s wicked and prescient original will be pulled sharply into the ‘age of entitlement’ by the acid humour of 2014 Jill Blewett Award winning playwright Phillip Kavanagh (Jesikah).
“Tartuffe is the greatest satirical rebuke to religious hypocrisy and false piety in the theatrical canon”
Director Chris Drummond
Lighting Designer Nigel Levings
Set and Costume Designer Michael Hankin
Cast includes Paul Blackwell, Rachel Burke, Antoine Jelk, Guy O’Grady, Nathan O’Keefe, Jacqy Phillips, Rory Walker
Keith's Matinee Club
16 Nov, 11am
You are invited to stay back in the theatre after the above performance to discover the magic of theatre as Keith Conlon hosts a passionate exploration behind the scenes.
Red Carpet Performance
18 Nov, 8pm
Red Carpet is the dynamic events program for people in their 20s and 30s. Purchase a 4 - 7 play Red Carpet Subscription to the selected performances and see outstanding theatre plus attend parties and events, interact with the actors and creative team, listen to live music, and enjoy great food and drinks.
Audio Described Performances
15 Nov, 6.30pm & 12 Nov, 2pm
People with vision impairment are invited to attend these performances with an audio description of the play designed for their needs. Join us one hour prior to the performance time listed for a pre-show discussion of the set and stage, a touch tour with the opportunity to feel the costumes and props as well as being introduced to the cast. Special audio information will be available via www.statetheatrecompany.com.au a few days prior to the performance. For Audio Described bookings, please contact BASS Group Bookings on 08 8205 2220 or visit the BASS counter in the Adelaide Festival Centre.
16 Nov, 11am & 6.30pm
These captioned performances are provided in the Dunstan Playhouse to enhance the theatre experience for those who have difficulty hearing. The text of the play will be displayed in real time on plasma screens next to the stage. As not all seats will have the best view of the screens, please contact BASS on 131 246 if you require a caption accessible seat.
Audience members who require hearing assistance can access the Beyerdynamic Hearing System in the Dunstan Playhouse and Space Theatre. Transmitter packs can be borrowed from the Box Office in the Dunstan Playhouse foyer half an hour before the performance. Patrons can also bring their own headphones.
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Group Bookings 10+ tickets:
Please call 08 8205 2220
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