Le Mariage Forcé

NIDA Directors & Designers Graduating Season 2018

written by Molière

Le Mariage Forcé was written in 1664 by Moliere. It follows an old bachelor, Sganarelle who is very excited to marry the beautiful Dorimene who will wait on him hand on foot. He's less excited after a conversation with her that provokes the realisation she may have more agency in the marriage than he'd like.  Sganarelle seeks out different townspeople to help him decide whether to go forward with the union. 

Who do we recognise as stock characters? How does this change over time and context? 

I am especially interested in radicalising comedic works from the theatrical cannon through the redefinition of context. In short, how do we stage powerful comedic texts that situate Australian audiences within the key socio-political themes and directly address our unique comic understanding and expression?

Sganarelle Tom Matthews

Geronimo & Tailor Albert Mwangi

Dorimene Charlotte Grimmer

Pancrace & Alcantor Amy Hack

Marphurius & Alcidas Toby Blome

Lycaste & Tailor Alicia Fox

Bandonen Player Paula Tennant

Director Ellen Wiltshire
Set & Costume Designer Lucy McCullough
Lighting Designer Corey Potter
Sound Designer Fiona Harding
Choreographer Jade Naidu
Dramaturg Sally Alrich-Smythe
Production Stage Manager Justin Ellis
Construction Manager: Eileen Ortiona
Costume Supervisor Victoria Perry
Stage Manager Rose Mulcare
Head Electrician Lucia Haddad
Make-up Artists Indigo Fisher, Jessica Andrews-Devine and Georgina Gigg