The Bald Soprano or The Bald Prima Donna is the first ever anti -play written by Romanian-French playwright Eugène Ionesco. First performed in France as La Cantatrice Chauve in 1950, this absurdist play has become a modern classic, showcasing the everyday lives of the Smiths and the Martins.
Mr and Mrs Smith are in for the evening and expect Mr & Mrs Martin… or not? Mary the maid is going about her usual chores but why does the Fire Chief appear at their door, considering there is no fire? And all this before the TV or the mobile phone was invented!
Inspired by the English middle class of the day, Ionesco’s was intrigued by the banality of the expressions used in an English-language phrase book. The characters in The Bald Soprano speak in all kinds of crazy gibberish and barely seem to communicate at all leaving Ionesco himself to dub the play a “Tragedy of Language” – sometimes, words just aren’t enough.
Since 1957, The Bald Soprano has been in permanent showing at the Théâtre de la Huchette in France, which received a Molière d’honneur for its performances. With a record number of interpretations, it has become one of the most performed plays in France.
The cast includes Timothy Hope, Emily May, Matthew Neto, Luciana Nguyen, Cheng Tang and Rhiannon Watson.
Directed & designed by Barry Walsh
Costume design: Luciana Nguyen
Sound design: Cheng Tang
AV design: Tim Hope
Producers: EMU Productions and KING STREET THEATRE
Where: KING STREET THEATRE – 644 King St & Cnr Bray St, Newtown (Entrance on Bray St, Above the South End Café)
Date: 15 -26 March, 2016
Tickets: $35/ $30/ $28 for group bookings of 10 +
Time : Tuesday 15th March, 2016 preview
Wednesday to Saturday @ 7:30pm
Wednesday & Thursday school matinees @ 11am
Audience capacity: 100
Bookings: www.kingstreettheatre.com.au or 0423 082 015