WORLD PREMIERE ADAPTATION
Commissioned by State Theatre Company and Brink Productions
by Molière, adapted by Phillip Kavanagh
4-20 Nov 2016
Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide Festival Centre
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 the State Theatre Company of South Australia, 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).
DIRECTOR Chris Drummond DESIGNER Michael Hankin COMPOSER Alan John LIGHTING DESIGNER Nigel Levings CAST Paul Blackwell, Rachel Burke, Antoine Jelk, Alan John, Guy O’Grady, Nathan O’Keefe, Astrid Pill, Jacqy Phillips and Rory Walker