The only certainties we now know are old age, death and nothingness.
In a tower
surrounded by stagnant water An old man and his wife await the arrival of his invited guests After years of preparation he is finally ready to deliver his message to Mankind…. To the audience in postwar France the old couple in The Chairs must have symbolised all that no longer made sense or was broken beyond repair. In 2017, the play is a disturbed, absurd and accurate commentary on conflicting undercurrents beleaguering our endangered times. The Chairs was written in 1952 in Paris by Romanian French playwright Eugene Ionesco and subtitled by the author “a tragic farce” Written by: Eugene Ionesco Translated by Donald Watson Directed by: Jenny Kemp Assistant Director: Lara Kerestes Performed by: Jillian Murray, Robert Meldrum and Rupert Burns Set design: Dale Ferguson Lighting Design: Rachel Burke Sound Design: Russell Goldsmith
I was completely unprepared for the emotional impact of watching Jenny Kemp’s brilliant production of Top Girls… I can’t imagine a better production.
–Alison Croggon, Theatre Notes, Top Girls
Two accomplished and inspiring actors (Robert Meldrum and Jillian Murray)…
-Kate Herbert, L’Amante Anglaise’
I was thunderstruck by your magnificent performances…
-Helen Garner, ‘L’Amante Anglaise
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