Spring is here, which means the beginning of Festival season! First up, the 2018 edition of the Sydney Fringe, which is on from 1 to 30 September. There are 4 shows with a French theme. There’s a bit of vaudeville, a play from an Iranian-French playwright, a cabaret and even some improv in French based on audience suggestions.
The Blaguettes present an improvised comedy show at the Sydney Fringe, which is based on audience suggestions and performed entirely in French. For both French and non-French speakers alike.
4 Sep 2018 to 6 Sep 2018
Start: 7:30PM, 9:00PM
Duration: 50 minutes
Fringe Club – Kings Cross Hotel Level 3
Ticket prices from $12.24 to $14.28
Event info and ticket link: https://www.facebook.com/events/431757230669743/
OFFER: The Blaguettes have been kind enough to offer a double pass to giveaway for their Thursday night show this week, 6 September. If you’re interested, subscribe to receive updates from this website at the subscribe link and comment on this post with “The Blaguettes” and why you want to see the show. The winner will be decided at 5pm AEST Tuesday 4 September.
This is a play written by Matei Visniec, a contemporary Romanian-French playwright. Matei Visniec created a parody of justice in this play with the use of an unexpected character: The Spectator. Sydney’s Charsoo Theatre is a community theatre group created by a group of Iranian migrants in 2016. They produce quality performances from Persian as well as international playwrights.
‘The Spectator’ is a parody of theatre, and of the world. In it, everything is confused: actors, author, director, spectators, judges, accused, the accuser, defender, and witnesses. The world is a vast tribunal where each one tries to erase the presence of the other, and thus to erase their own presence. The performance is said to be an absolute catharsis. A challenge to represent beings who do everything to purge themselves not only of the evil contained in them but also of their own existence.
This play will be performed in Persian with English surtitles at the Sydney Fringe.
14 & 15 Sep 2018 and 21 & 22 Sep 2018
Duration: 120 minutes
Venue: The Eternity Playhouse
Tickets from $42.86 to $59.18
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/206302686604116/
OFFER: $20 off General Admission tickets with the code MATILDA20 when purchased by 11:59pm on 7 September.
Paris Oh La La
In this truly French show at the Sydney Fringe, all the performers are either French or francophiles! A cabaret, burlesque and comedy magic show which will dazzle you with everything from sultry chanson and comedy (cabaret artist Danielle Asciak) to illusion and humour (renowned mentalist & illusionist Claire Yistelle) to a striptease by flute-like vocalist and accordionist (could he be any more French(?), Ben Noir) to piano accordion by the very talented Paolo Campanari-Brancondi on piano accordion. The show is advertised as “Parisian seduction guaranteed”.
26 Sep 2018 to 28 Sep 2018
Start: 7:00PM, 8:30PM
Duration: 60 minutes
Venue: Imperial Hotel
From $24.49 to $29.59
Facebook page and ticket link: https://www.facebook.com/events/264985574281510/
GIVEAWAY: The cast of Paris Oh La La have been kind enough to giveaway a double pass to Matilda Marseillaise readers. To enter, subscribe to receive updates on new posts at the subscribe link on this page and then comment on this post with “Paris Oh La La” and why you want to go see it. The winner will be drawn and notified on Tuesday 18 September. Even if you don’t win the double pass, you will receive a 2 for 1 code. So win win!
Disenchanted – a twisted fairy tale cabaret
This Sydney Fringe show is a cabaret of fairy tales for adults set in a 17th Century Parisian salon, hosted by the Godmother of fairy tales Madame d’Aulnoy (historical note: she actually coined the term “contes de fées”, French for fairy tales). You will be amused and aroused by curious characters who will re-tell folk tales with a twist. For example, the wolf from Red Riding Hood tells you what’s real and what’s not; the dead wives from Bluebeard sing their song of warning; the goose from Jack in the Beanstalk laments her fate; the real story of the three little pigs is revealed, the ugly sisters tell their side of the story… and more.
Featuring the writing and performance talents of Eliane Morel (principal singer with Opera Bites and creator of Madam Long), musical direction and accompaniment by Daryl Wallis (Leonard Cohen’s Koans, Ali and the Thieves) and costumes by Mark Steele (choreographer to Les Girls), the cast guarantee you a night of fun.
And if you want to really be a part of the fun: come dressed as your favourite fairy tale character for a chance to win a prize, and hang around afterwards for cake and champagne.
27 Sep 2018 to 28 Sep 2018
Duration: 75 minutes
Venue: The Bondi Pavillion Theatre- Queen Elizabeth Drive Bondi Beach
From $24.49 to $34.69
Facebook event page and ticket link: https://www.facebook.com/events/235706813787399/
WIN: One double pass to the opening night up for grabs on 27 September. To win, follow me on my instagram and find the Sydney Fringe post and leave a comment with “Disenchanted” and why you want to go see it. The winner will be selected at 6pm AEST on Thursday 20 September.
OFFER: Discounted tickets for Matilda Marseillaise followers. Purchase the concession rate ticket ($20 instead of $30) and mention “Matilda Marseillaise” at the door.
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REMINDER: You can look at all the French and francophone events on around Australia for September here.