Noosa Arts Theatre brings to the Sunshine Coast, a sensual, seductive and scandalous Adults Only production of the classic play, La Ronde.
La Ronde is R-Rated and a little risqu. Audiences can certainly expect to feel confronted. Think Burlesque but expect a deeper look into human intent, emotion and deception. Think sophisticated entertainment with a razor sharp edge. Think dark and delicious new theatre. La Ronde will delight and disturb.
In its original form, La Ronde was banned and its playwright, Arthur Schnitzler, jailed; the material was simply too scandalous for the European audiences of the early twentieth century.
What about for contemporary Sunshine Coast audiences? Director, Sam Coward doesn't seem to think so. Well known for challenging his actors and audiences, Sam says La Ronde is just as current, as relevant and as revealing an insight into class structure and society's attitudes towards sex as it has always been.
Director, Sam Coward has an enviable record in bringing to the coast cutting edge theatre which thrills audiences. His production of Jesus Christ Superstar in 1999 broke all box office records on the Sunshine Coast and audiences responded enthusiastically to his production of Shout.
"We have taken La Ronde off the page," says Sam, "having re-written with the cast, a large percentage of the original script, which has already been translated and adapted many times (The Blue Room being the most widely recognised) we are taking sex and making it sexy...sometimes. Other times, not so much."
He explains, "La Ronde is about sex - the variations, the expectations, the preconceptions, the misconceptions --and sex is not always nice. Audiences will be seduced, sure; they will see and experience beauty but they will also cringe at the grittier, uglier aspects of sex that we don't tend to talk about." Sam believes sex is the last taboo.
La Ronde, with an accomplished local cast that includes Tim Murfin, Stephen Moore, Carly Partridge, Mary Eggleston, Xanthe Coward, Shane Ross, Sharon Grimley, Kay Ellsum, Meg Monroe and Nathan Hynes, is bound to get audiences talking. In various states of undress, the characters dance through a series of sexual encounters, of which we see just ten in succession, without an interval.
La Ronde is for people over 18 and contains some nudity and sexual themes.
Performances at Noosa Arts Theatre on 25, 26, 27, March; 1, 2, 3 April at 7.30pm with a matinee on Sunday 28 March.
Adult $26, Concession $22, Groups $20. Bookings 5449 9343 or online at www.noosaartstheatre.org.au or Wed to Sat at theatre 9-12 noon.
Graphics courtesy of Yanni Photography
Coast News Giveaway:
Congratulations to Sandra of Woombye who was lucky enough to have her name pulled out of the hat to score opening night tickets to the 'scandalous' "La Ronde"! in the 'Coast News' Giveaway, Coutesy of the charming Mr John Woodlock of Noosa Arts Theatre.
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