Molière’s Tartuffe broadcast live from Black Swan State Theatre

BLACK Swan State Theatre Company will broadcast Molière’s Tartuffe live across the South West this November. 

Actors Alison van Reeken, Darren Gilshenan and Alex Williams. Black Swan will broadcast Molière’s Tartuffe live across the South West. Photo by Robert Frith.

Actors Alison van Reeken, Darren Gilshenan and Alex Williams. Black Swan will broadcast Molière’s Tartuffe live across the South West. Photo by Robert Frith.

Justin Fleming’s new adaptation will be screened live in high-definition at 7.30pm, November 4, from the State Theatre Centre of WA to regional WA audiences including guests at Busselton’s Weld Theatre, Margaret River Cultural Centre and Bunbury’s New Lyric Theatre. 

This revival of Molière’s classic 17th Century satire features Jenny Davis, Darren Gilshenan, Tessa Lind, Hugh Parker, Alison van Reeken, James Sweeny, Steve Turner, Emily Weir and Alex Williams. 

Directed by Kate Cherry, the play tells the tale of Orgon, a wealthy man attempting to come to terms with middle age.

Fortunately for him, and much to the dismay of his family, he meets Tartuffe – a supposed man of the cloth.

The relationship initially appears to be harmless, however when Orgon begins promising his possessions, his home, even his daughter to Tartuffe, Orgon’s family resolves to expose Tartuffe for the swindler he is.

The broadcast, supported by Lotterywest, will be screened at regional venues and Community Resource Centres, as well as home viewers who receive their free to air TV via satellite on Channel 602 through the Westlink network.

Black Swan executive director Natalie Jenkins said she was thrilled to be able to present the company’s sixth live broadcast through the support of Lotterywest, Rio Tinto, Water Corporation and Chevron.

“The live broadcast demonstrates that high quality live theatre performances can be delivered to all West Australians, no matter where they live,” she said. 

“We are pleased that in three regional centres – Margaret River, Busselton and Geraldton, residents will take part in community and school theatre workshops facilitated by teaching artists from the company, building on our community engagement to these communities.”

For tickets to the Weld Theatre screening call 0401 382 307 or visit actingup.com.au.

For the Margaret River Cultural Centre contact 9758 7316 or artsmargaretriver.com, and for the New Lyric Theatre call 1300 661 272 or visit bunburyentertainment.com. 

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