One for the Francophiles
Brisbane French Theatre is currently putting the final touches to a play that will be presented on July 13, 21 and 22 at the Queensland Multicultural Centre in Kangaroo point.
The Student and Mr Henri, a comedy-drama by Ivan Calbérac, performed in French with English subtitles, is the third French play to hit Brisbane.
What happens when a lonely, grumpy old man accepts to share his Paris apartment with a bubbly, scatterbrain female student - on the condition that she tries to ruin his son's marriage?
The Student and Mr Henri brings a fresh perspective to universal themes like ageing, handling one’s family and learning to accept others (… and oneself) as they are.
The play was written in 2011.
The movie version was well received by Australian and French speakers alike at the Brisbane French Film Festival last year.
Live theatre is a fun, accessible way to experience and celebrate French language and culture, without having to board a plane. Pair it with French fashion, French bubbles and voila - you could be in Paris.
The Student and Mr Henri by Ivan Calbérac, presented by Brisbane French Theatre and directed by Thomas Smith and Isabelle Johnson. It features Hugues Girod (Henri), Alice Militon (Constance), Thomas Smith (Paul), and Isabelle Johnson (Valérie)
Queensland Multicultural Centre, 102 Main Street, Kangaroo Point 4169
The play is performed in French, with English surtitles projected on a wide screen above the scene. Recommended for audiences +12 years of age.
Run time: 90 minutes (no intermission). French food & wine packages are available. Bookings: www.bft.org.au $17-$39
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for group rates.
After sold-out productions in 2015 and 2016 through Growl Theatre, Brisbane’s love affair with French culture has been so strong that a dedicated French Theatre association was officially created in 2017.
The association’s mission is to share the love of the French language and joie-de-vivre through the arts. Future projects include French drama classes and café-theatre.