BY EUGÈNE IONESCO
“Never before has Ionesco served up such a balance of gravity versus incongruity and ferocity versus innocence.” Le Figaro Littéraire, France
Théâtre Excentrique brings Ionesco’s iconic play back to Australia in a new production featuring the baroque music of cellist/vocalist extraordinaire Sister Ursuline.
King Bérenger the First is dying. His kingdom is falling apart. He can’t rule over his army anymore, nor tell the rain to fall, nor the trees to grow. He is dying and there is nothing he can do about it. Queen Marguerite is keeping track of time. “You will die in 1 hour and 30 minutes!” But the king refuses to listen. He chooses instead to love Queen Marie. “1 hour and 13 minutes left!” The clock is ticking… Surrounded by his two wives, his cleaning lady, his doctor and a guard, Bérenger is learning to accept the inevitable.
This is Ionesco’s absurd style at its best: a meditation both burlesque and powerful on life, death and other incurable diseases.
Performance dates: 8th – 17th November
Times: Wed to Sat 7.30 pm / Sunday 5 pm
Venue: Chippen Street Theatre / Level 1, 45 Chippen Street, Chippendale
Tickets: $30 Full / $25 Concession (+booking fees)
Claire Crighton, Jay Duncan, Kirsty Jordan, Chris Miller, Gerry Sont and Alison Windsor
Accompanied by cellist and vocalist Sister Ursuline
Producer: Théâtre Excentrique
Director: Anna Jahjah
Assistant Director: Kris Shalvey
Stage Manager: Pauline Evans
Lighting Designer: Larry Kelly
Costume Designer: Yvonne Hocothee
Graphic Design: Clarisse Ambroselli
Production Photographer: Mansoor Noor