Local ‘playhouse creatures’ to shine in ‘Monaco’

THE exciting news just in from Stephen Pike, program manager and artistic director at The Q, is that Pigeonhole Theatre’s “Playhouse Creatures”, has been selected into the 16th Mondial du Théâtre in Monaco next August.

Amy Dunham as Nell in Playhouse Creatures' at The Q

Amy Dunham as Nell in Playhouse Creatures’ at The Q

The World Festival of Theatre features actors from all over the globe and takes place every four years.

Successful applicants like Pigeonhole will have to pay their fares to get to Monte Carlo, but once they arrive they’ll have four days of accommodation and meals in Monaco. Entry to the performances is free of charge for all involved and there will be a Festival “village” so that participants can mingle and take part in special events.

Pike was initially approached by a keen member of the theatre in Canberra who provided details of how to apply.

“Because of the high quality of the production I recommended they put in an application for this World Festival of Theatre,” Pike told ”Citynews” today, “the flow on what we do here has many different facets.”

Described by “Citynews” theatre reviewer Simone Penkethman as “perfectly realised and highly professional,” “Playhouse Creatures”, is anecdotally regarded as having been one of the top offerings in Canberra’s theatres during 2016. Set in the Restoration era of King Charles II, it focuses on female actors of the day.

It was produced by The Q and directed by Jordan Best, who also performed a cello accompaniment on stage. “Playhouse Creatures” featured the acting talents of Canberra luminaries like Amy Dunham, Karen Vickery, Jenna Roberts, and Liz Bradley.

“Local women shine”, is how Simone Penkethman described the performance and you can bet they’ll shine again in France.

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