Depicting one of the most celebrated and misunderstood characters in European history, Marie Antoinette, the theatre performance by Heartstring Theatre is showing from 5 – 15 July 2018.
Delivering a show that combines the eternal fascination with the original ‘It Girl’ of Versailles, the Queen of France - Marie Antoinette, this performance looks at what happens when the same people who have raised her up so high are then suddenly the first to bring her down and she has to deal with what lies beyond the façade.
Portraying a turbulent and volatile time in history, Marie soon finds herself in the centre of a revolution, unprepared for the shocking events that follow. Ranging from the light and breezy banter in the palace with lapdogs and macarons, to the uprising of ‘liberte, Egalite, Fraternite!’ this performance has all range of emotions on offer.
Marie Antoinette gives a performance and makes a statement about our contemporary society and whether like those of Marie’s times, we might just be entertaining ourself to death.
“She [Marie] was a teenage girl who had to give up her entire sense of self and move countries for an arranged marriage. Her misuse by the French as a scapegoat for their troubled times has made me incredibly sympathetic towards her,” says actor Elisa Armstrong.
“What strikes me most about David Adjmi’s play [of Marie Antoinette] is his revelation of Marie as an actual person,” Elisa says. Well-regarded as a powerful play on the French queen, the play is proudly presented by Melbourne-based, Heartstring Theatre, who are committed to creating dynamic, thought-provoking theatre. Interpreting both classical and new works,the company also strives to address the shortage of great and interesting roles for women by producing plays where at least half of the roles are female.
Directed by Rachel Baring (NIDA) Heartstring Theatre's latest offering, Marie Antoinette is not to be missed.
See Marie Antoinette at the Northcote Town Hall before the 15th of July!
Dates: 5 - 15 July 2018
Location: Northcote Town Hall – 189 High Street, Northcote
Times: vary – see website for full details
Tickets: $33 Full, $28 Concession and $25 Preview
Bookings online or phone: 03 9481 9500