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This production of Poulenc's riotous farce took its inspiration from the films of Charlie Chaplin. The action took place behind a gauze 'cinema screen' lit with cold white light. The live action was supported by projections from the front (providing intertitle cards and other imagery) and also from behind the gauze (which mapped looping videos of cogs onto white boxes, creating the illusion of a machine).
A black and white aesthetic was maintained throughout, with a pop of blue and red at the end. In a nod both to the opera's cubist origins and also the abstract sets of Chaplin's little known WW1 propaganda film 'The Bond', the set was minimalistic and abstract.
Stage Direction, Music Direction and Design by Alisdair Kitchen
The Husband: Kieran Rayner
Therese: Louise Fuller
The Policeman: Edward Jowle
The Journalist: Ana Fernandez Guerra
The Newspaper Seller: Alice Bell
Mr Lacouf/The Son: Rhys Batt
Mr Presto: Christian Andreas Adolph
Pianist: Jonathan Musgrave
Performed at the 2018 Rye Arts Festival
Thanks to photography (C) from Veryan Pollard