French satire with comedy

May 05, 2016

A play described as a ‘‘comedy of manners without the manners’’ opens at Shepparton’s Blackbox Theatre next week.

Shepparton Theatre Arts Group’s production of the French satire God of Carnage promises to be a roller coaster of emotion as two sets of parents meet to discuss a fight between their children.

Play director Fiona Kennan said the parents set out to solve the issue in a civilised manner, but their discussions dissolve into ugly arguments and childish behaviour revealing much about their characters and their marriages.

‘‘It’s a wonderful mixture of physical comedy and biting satire that will have people laughing out loud one minute and squirming in their seats the next — it’s very cleverly written,’’ Ms Kennan said.

Written by French playwright Yasmina Reza, the play has been performed across the world since its West End London premiere in 2006.

Roman Polanski directed a 2011 film adaptation starring Jodie Foster, John C. Reilly, Kate Winslet and Christopher Waltz.

STAG’s production features John Head as self-made retailer Michel and Deb Hay as his wife, the aspirational Veronique.

Matt Dowling plays phone-obsessed lawyer Alain with Amy Hollow as his nervous trophy wife Annette.

God of Carnage opens at the Blackbox Theatre at 17 Wheeler St on Thursday, May 12 at 7.30pm and runs until Saturday, May 21 at 7.30pm with a matinee on Sunday, May 15 at 2pm.

Tickets cost $30 full price, concession $25 and student $25.

To book, phone Riverlinks on 5832 9511 or go to www.riverlinksvenues. com.au

The production contains adult themes and coarse language.

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