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 symbolize all that no longer made sense or was broken beyond repair. In 2017, the play is a disturbing 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
BY ARRANGEMENT WITH ORiGiN™ THEATRICAL, ON BEHALF OF SAMUEL FRENCH, LTD.