Heaving bosoms, horny men and dodgy bastards
A Night of French Mayhem is two one act comedies, performed back to back by a cast of eight actors. It premiered at the Aotea Centre’s Herald Theatre in July 2006 and was seen by more than 1000 people. In 70 fast paced minutes it features Anders Falstie-Jensen’s The Rehearsal, a modern adaptation of Moliere’s The Rehearsal at Versailles set in present day Auckland, along with the New Zealand premiere of Moliere’s classic comedy Two Precious Maidens Ridiculed set in 17th century Paris
Set in present day Auckland The Rehearsal is a biting satire on the New Zealand theatre scene. Recently returned from an inspiring backpacking odyssey through Peru, theatre director, Gilroy Cuthbert, is an artist on a mission to create edgy and innovative theatre by drastically reinventing a piece of French cultural heritage. But can New Zealand actors even do French accents convincingly? And is the play really about a dark undercurrent of hidden lesbian desires at court? As Gilroy’s palms gets sweatier things take a nasty turn. The Rehearsal is like watching The Office, only with a French twist.
With Two Precious Maidens Ridiculed, Moliere, French playwright extraordinaire, beat the writers of Sex and The City by 350 years, in telling the story of two young women who get more than they bargained for when they meet the very charming (and lustful), Mascarille. With a cast in breathtaking period costume and packed with memorable one-liners, Two Precious Maidens Ridiculed is a one act comedy carrying a hefty punch.
“The Rebel Alliance is establishing itself as a company to watch. In A Night of French Mayhem it delivers a finely crafted production that is bold and innovative while displaying deep understanding of theatrical traditions”
“A rollicking performance… performed by a talented, passionate and engaging cast.”
The Lumiere Reader
Russell Pickering, Eve Gordon, Richard Rugg, Catherine Nola, Michael Downey, Nicci Reuben, Geoff Allen and Andrew Merrie