Quebecois play Tideline is currently playing in Sydney

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Théâtre Excentrique presents Tideline, a Quebecois play, in Sydney in English. The original French title of the play is Littoral. We spoke with Anna Jahjah, director of the theatre company Théâtre Excentrique. Read our interview below.

Tideline

Anna Jahjah, you’re currently staging what was originally a French-language play named Littoral in English under the name Tideline. Tell us about this play.

It’s the story of Wilfrid, a young man in his thirties who loses his father. He decides to bring his body back to his country of origin to bury him there. He is helped by two friends, the knight Giromelans (one of the knights of the Round Table) and a film director, both from his imagination. When he arrives, he discovers a country ravaged by war and nowhere to bury his father. He sets out on the road to try to find a suitable place for him and meets men and women along the way who will soon become his friends and help him find the shoreline, where he can finally let his father go.

 

It’s a tragi-comic play with some very funny parts, some very dark parts, and above all, a great deal of poetry and a very intimate reflection on what it’s like to lose a loved one and to mourn.

 

Will the play be presented in French with English surtitles or will you present it in English?

We are presenting it in English. The play was translated from Quebec by Shelley Tepperman and we use her translation.

Littoral Tideline
Image by Mansoor Noor

This is the second time you have staged this play. You first presented it in 2019. Why did you decide to bring it back?

Ah it was because of COVID! We had to cancel a week before opening night, and being stubborn, we’re doing it again!

 

Your theatre company is called Théâtre Excentrique. Tell us a little about this company and also about its name.

It’s a company I started with my husband, Gerry Sont, and an actress friend, Kirsty Jordan (who is also in TIDELINE), two years after I moved to Sydney in 2014 to show foreign plays, which weren’t shown much at the time. The rule is to only show plays written in a language other than English, and that we have translated into English or that we use a translation already made.

 

How many of you are there on stage for Tideline?

8.

Tideline
Image by Mansoor Noor

 

How do you find actors/actresses for your plays? How can someone who wants to be involved apply?

I contact a lot of actresses I know and based on their responses, I hold auditions to complete the casting. To apply, just send me an email at [email protected]

 

Tideline is a play by Lebanese/Canadian Wajdi Mouawad. Why did you choose to mount this play?

I know Wajdi’s work well. When I lived in Paris, I went to see several of his plays and always came away shaken up. That’s the effect I look for when I go to the theatre, so I’ve been thinking about doing one of his plays for a while. Moreover, I am French of Lebanese origin and I also lived in Lebanon during the war, so we have a lot in common.

 

In a normal year, before COVID, how many plays did Théâtre Excentrique put on each year?

One or two.

Littoral Tideline
Image by Mansoor Noor

Why should people come to see Tideline?

Because there is everything in this piece, and it accurately reflects life: joy, tragedy, absurdity, darkness, sadness, light, poetry.

We thank Anna Jahjah for this interview.

Tideline Littoral
Image by Mansoor Noor

KEY INFO FOR TIDELINE (LITTORAL)

WHAT: Tideline, a play translated from Québécois into English, presented by Théâtre Excentrique

WHEN: from 21 to 23 and from 26 to 29 Octobrer 2022

WHEN: Chippen Street Theatre, Level One, 45 Chippen Street, Chippendale NSW 2008

HOW : Buy your tickets via this link

HOW MUCH: Ticket prices are as follows:

  • Full price $40
  • Concession $35
  • 8 person group ticket $280

Are you familiar with Wajdi Mouawad’s works?

 

For other events happening this month, check out our What’s on in October

 

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Don Juan at Adelaide Cabaret Festival: don’t miss out on this party celebrating the legend

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5 faux French performers welcome you into the Space Theatre and take turns telling the story of the legend of Don Juan at Adelaide Cabaret Festival. A little like when a group of friends excitedly tell a story together, or friends spooking one another with tales of an urban legend (without the spookiness). Don Juan is absurdist comedy at its absolute best.

Don Juan at Adelaide Cabaret Festival

Repetition is cleverly used not for boredom or reinforcement but rather to create absurd situations – each actor one after another coming to the same realisation for example. Another actor in particular continuously coming back to something from earlier in the show is another. Or each time a particular term is mentioned, another explains its meaning in the exact same way.

 

Don Juan at Adelaide Cabaret Festival is also peppered with sexual innuendo – after all you couldn’t have a show about a man known for his seduction without it. And occasionally, just when you least expect it, the troupe would break into song – which was always hilariously exaggerated but also showed their vocal talents. This troupe are not a one trick pony. Sound effects are also used to amusing effect: for example, every time Don Juan enters a scene, there is the sound of a whip.

Image: Claudio Raschella

Audience members are encouraged, but not forced, to participate. It can be simple such as performing an action or a little more in depth, such as reading lines from a cue card. The participants on the opening night seemed thrilled to be an active part of the show. There are very creative props used in Don Juan at Adelaide Cabaret Festival, which only add to the hilarity of the spectacle.

 

New Zealand’s A Slightly Isolated Dog’s performance of Don Juan is a must-see show this Adelaide Cabaret Festival whether you’re a theatre lover, a comedy lover or a musical comedy lover. Only two opportunities remain to see this absurdist comedy at its absolute best (ticket details below). Don’t miss out!

5 CROISSANTS

Matilda Marseillaise was a guest of Adelaide Cabaret Festival

 

KEY INFO FOR DON JUAN AT ADELAIDE CABARET FESTIVAL

WHAT: Don Juan from NZ company A Slightly Isolated Dog at Adelaide Cabaret Festival

WHEN: tonight, Saturday 11 June 9pm and tomorrow Sunday 12 June at 6:30pm

WHERE: Space Theatre, Festival Centre, ADELAIDE

HOW MUCH: Ticket prices are as follows (exclusive of service and handling fee):

  • Premium Adult $54.00
  • A Reserve Adult $49.00
  • Concession $44.00
  • Under 30 $30.00

HOW: via this link: https://www.adelaidecabaretfestival.com.au/events/a-slightly-isolated-dog/

 

MORE ADELAIDE CABARET FESTIVAL CONTENT

You may also like to read our interview with Artistic Director of A Slightly Isolated Dog: Leo Gene Peters.

Also discover 10 shows with French links at Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2022

 

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