Monday - Saturday, 8:00pm, 80 mins
Heartbreak a la francais - cheaper than psychoanalysis, and quicker than relationship counselling! For one week only, French dark comedy Trois Ruptures (Three Splits) by award-winning French playwright Rémi De Vos comes to the Chelsea Theatre, performed in French with English surtitles by a Franco-British pair of actors – French actress Edith Vernes and British actor Chris Campbell, the literary manager of the Royal Court Theatre.
Playing as part of En Scene!, a new series by the Institut Français’ presenting theatrical performances in French, Trois Ruptures (Three Splits) shows relationships fracturing with joyous, wilful violence. Hysterically comic, these three scenes assault our comfortable conceits of gender equality, sexual tolerance and the pre-eminence of the child. Heartbreak has never been so much fun. As playwright Rémi De Vos puts it: “It is a comedy. The subject is not funny. We shouldn’t laugh. But we do.”
Director Marianne Badrichani directs new translations of French plays for both West-End and Fringe audiences. Nominated “Français of the year” in 2008, she also creates installation performances, such as Square Bubble for the National Theatre in July 2014. Actor Chris Campbell, as well as being the literary manager of the Royal Court Theatre, has performed at the National Theatre, Royal Court Theatre, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Birmingham Rep, Gate Theatre and with English Touring Theatre – but this will be the first time he performs in French!
“peppy, deftly acted, and entertaining” (The Independent)
“Marianne Badrichani’s productions (…) trade a delicate line between testing relationships and inventing new ones, between illusions and delusion. Unusual and fanciful.” (The Daily Mail)