Heartstring Theatre bring the It Girl of Versailles to the Melbourne Stage in Premiere Season
Running from the 5th to the 15th of July at the Northcote Town Hall, the Queen of France is really only concerned with her macarons and lapdogs, but when the people who have raised her up are suddenly the first to bring her down she is forced to deal with what lies beyond the façade. Historical events become shockingly relevant as Marie finds herself the centre of a revolution. From the light and breezy banter at the palace to the surging chants of “Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité!” in the streets, 'Marie Antoinette' holds a mirror up to our contemporary society that might just be entertaining itself to death.
“Whilst there are obvious parallels between Marie and contemporary women in politics, she's also very similar to the It-girls of today.”, adds Heartstring Theatre AD and Actor Elisa Armstrong.
“If Marie were alive now she’d have 10 million Instagram followers and we'd be addicted to her every move. She 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. As a company that focuses on the representation of women, what strikes me most about David Adjmi's play is his revelation of Marie as an actual person. Whilst he doesn't paint her as a saint, there's a delicacy to his writing and a deep empathy that depicts a far more interesting portrait than those found in history books.”
Formed in 2016 Heartstring Theatre is a Melbourne-based theatre company that launched with a Green Room Award nominated all female season of Shakespeare's Coriolanus. They endeavour to create dynamic, thought-provoking theatre, interpreting both classical and new work. The company also strive 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 is not to be missed.
Directed by Rachel Baring
Performed by: Elisa Armstrong, Jessica Tanner, Eleanor Howlett, Heath Ivey-Law, Gabriel Partington and Conor Gallacher
Lighting Design by John Collopy
Set and Costume Design by Eloise Kent
Sound by Linton Wilkinson
Composition by Claire Ewing
"From Valley Girl comedy to mad-scene finale... David Adjmi’s [Marie Antoinette is a] marvelous, disturbing, revisionist take." - New York Magazine