Moliere's TARTUFFE by Liz Lochhead Announced at Adelaide Fringe
Liz Lochhead's Tartuffe is an un-P.C., rude, and rhyming take on Moliere's classic play. It comes to The Arch at Holden Street Theatre's from 11 February to 15 March as part of the 2020 Adelaide Fringe.
Relocated to a 1940s Scottish living room, we meet conman Tartuffe, with his perfect mark in gullible paterfamilias who will ultimately ruin the family unless his trophy wife and their sassy maid can prevail. The play, performed in broad Scottish (with surtitles), puts sex on the table with men and women using it against each other. You have to laugh!
First presented as A Play, A Pie and A Pint production at Òran Mór, Glasgow, Tartuffe is directed by Tony Cownie and presented in association with The Stephen Dunn Theatre Fund and supported by Scene Change Productions. The show stars Andy Clark as Tartuffe, Joyce Falconer as Dorine, Harry Ward as Orgon, and Nicola Roy as Elmire.
Liz Lochhead's last original play was the Royal Lyceum's 2016 Thon Man Moliere. Full-length versions of Tartuffe, School for Wives (Educating Agnes) and Le Misanthrope (Miseryguts) could indicate a Moliere obsession! She insists she's as at home with Greek tragedies, adapting Chekhov or her own plays, including Blood and Ice, Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off, Britannia Rules, Three Sisters, What Goes Around, Thebans, Good Things, Perfect Days, Medea. Liz was Makar, a.ka. National Poet of Scotland, from 2011 to 2016, was awarded the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry 2015, and recently became Honorary President of the Scottish Society of Playwrights. Suddenly septuagenarian, she says working with frequent-collaborator Tony and this fantastic cast on this further revival of her Oran Mor full-tilt 'Classic Cuts' Tartuffe has made her feel so young!
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