A third edition of Les Théâtrales de l’île Maurice is being prepared for May 2018. The Théâtrales is a concept devised by the French producer Pascal Legros whereby famous theatre plays are showcased by Parisian stars in other French regions. It will now be brought for the third time to Mauritius – the 1st edition took place in 2015 but the 2017-edition one was cancelled due to the French presidential elections. Beachcomber Resorts & Hotels as well as the Institut Français de Maurice, Imprimerie et Papeterie Commerciale Ltd (IPC) and the MBC are working hard to make this year’s event become true. Luxury Mauritius has fresh news from the press conference held on the 11th of January 2018 at Royal Palm Beachcomber Luxury.
What is happening backstage ?
When the Parisian theatrical world shifts to Mauritius, the most famous Paris-based actors are sure to follow. In spite of the fact that the final programme has not yet been fully engineered, backstage work is in progress and the organisers are actively planning things. At the press conference, Pascal Legros, the kingpin of this festival (whose production company owns 4 theatre halls in Paris including the newly bought Théâtre Edouard VII in 2017), and Francis Perrin, theatre director and former resident member of the Comédie Française (who is currently filming the TV series Mongeville), have expressed their wish souhaitent that this year’s edition focuses more on theatre training. They aim at working with Mauritian comedians and then propose other plays to the general public. Francis Perrin is motivated by his passion for the world of theatre and he who share a mutual respect with local young comedians has explained, “ We would like to enable Mauritians to encounter the fore figures of our trade ”.
“ We would like to enable Mauritians to encounter the fore figures of our trade ”.
What is being programmed?
Several plays are being planned at Mahatma Gandhi Institute in Moka and at Théâtre Serge Constantin in Vacoas, with headliners. The contemporary play « La raison d’Aymé » by Isabelle Mergault with Gérard Jugnot will be presented (it is being played since the 15th of January last at Théâtre des Nouveautés in Paris). Moreover, ten young local talents will join Francis Perrin and his wife Gersende Perrin on stage for the play « Un vrai bonheur », by Didier Caron. The Mauritian comedians who will have the privilege to participate will be coached through Masterclasses held by Francis Perrin. He will then select the final candidates in a series of auditions from 15th to 19th of January.
The need for financial assistance
Although Pascal Legros has stated that this project does not have a money-oriented aim but is carried out with passion, the benevolent organisers will definitely need financial assistance. Extra expenses will include air tickets fares, advertising, the stage setting, costumes and theatre halls rental. The expenses can reach as much as 100 00 euros and extra assistance are also welcomed, such as the help proposed by IPC for the stage setting. The organisers would really like to use Mauritian know-how for the stage accessories and setting as well as for the costumes. The financial assistance received can bring the number of plays staged to 5.
The festival will be held during the last two weeks of May and the first week of June 2018 (at the end of the Paris play season and where the comedians will be ready to come to Mauritius).
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