by Jean Franco and Guillaume Mélanie

Director Donald McManus

Producer Michael [Michel] Bula

PRODUCTION 7 shows – 1 week – 7 to 11 September 2021 inclusive

Evenings [5]: Tues 7 September [NEW! sneak preview dress rehearsals dress rehearsal] to Sat 11 September 2021 inclusive at 8 pm

Matinees [2]: Fri 10 September and Sat 11 September 2021 both at 2.30 pm

Tickets $22 to $41 includes booking fee wine + cheese before show with

NEW! sneak preview dress rehearsals dress rehearsal – all tickets $25

Open public rehearsals in late April 2021 followed by wine and cheese all tickets $15

Come and see how a show is made!

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What happens when an irreverent Minister for Youth & Sport decides to run for President of France without any warning to her staff? Join Melbourne French Theatre for the hilarious ride that is La Candidate – Jean Franco and Guillaume Mélanie’s sequel to Panique au Ministère.


Library at the Dock, Performance Space, second floor, 107 Victoria Harbour Promenade, Docklands 3008

Melways 2E F6


La joyeuse galaxie de personnages de “Panique au Ministère” reprend du service. Et cette fois, c’est dans la course à l’Élysée qu’elle nous embarque ! En effet, Cécile Bouquigny a pris du grade depuis le dernier opus : elle est actuellement Ministre de la Jeunesse et des Sports ! Sur un coup de tête (et à trois mois de la fin de ses fonctions), elle décide de se présenter à l’élection présidentielle ! En faisant valser un équilibre déjà précaire, elle va, une fois encore, semer la panique au ministère…

Grâce à une formation accélérée “sponsorisée” par un émir qatari, la mère croqueuse d’hommes et déjantée du premier opus est devenue en deux ans Maire d’arrondissement, puis Ministre de la Jeunesse et des Sports. En décidant, sur un coup de tête, de se présenter à l’élection présidentielle, elle va menacer davantage l’équilibre déjà précaire de sa famille, et semer cette fois la panique jusqu’à… l’Elysée

The merry galaxy of characters from “Panique au Ministry” is back in service. And this time, it is in the race to the Élysée that she takes us! Indeed, Cécile Bouquigny has grown since the last instalment: she is currently Minister of Youth and Sports! On a whim (and three months from the end of her duties), she decides to run for President! By waltzing an already precarious balance, it will, once again, sow panic in the ministry…

Thanks to an accelerated training “sponsored” by a Qatari emir, the crazy man-eater of the first opus became in two years Mayor, then Minister of Youth and Sports. By deciding, on a whim, to run for President, she will further threaten the already precarious balance of her family, and this time sow panic until… The Elysée

Things have changed since Panique au Ministère. Louis has retired from his position as Minister of Education and married Sara, the young daughter of his former Chief of Staff, Gabrielle. He is also an expectant father as Sara is heavily pregnant with his child. Cecile has taken up a position with the Government now as Minister of Youth and Sport with her daughter Gabrielle and Eric (the former gardener now married to Gabrielle) as her Chief of Staff.

Cecile in an unexpected display of ambition declares herself a candidate for the Presidency of France and that Louis is her lover! This puts the entire team in a tail spin as they try to work out if the candidacy is just a stunt and how will they hide the truth about Louis and Sara! Eric has a secret that could cost him both his job and marriage.  How will all this play out? Will Cecile win the Presidency? Will Louis/Sara & Gabrielle/Eric’s marriages survive? Join us in this hilarious sequel to Panique au Ministere!


Gabrielle Bellecour-Garcia, chief of staff of the Education Ministry, elegant headstrong woman, female 40s to 50s.

Louis Tesson, Former Minister of National Education, a dreamer and devoid of reality, male 40s to 60s.

Cécile Bouquigny, Gabrielle’s mother, Minister of Youth and Sports, completely off beam, female 50s to 60s.

Samantha Kolaski, Secretary to Paoli the opponent candidate for the Presidency of the Republic, female 20s to 50s.

Sara Bellecour-Tesson, Gabrielle’s daughter, female 20s to 30s.

Éric Garcia, the Ministry’s Media and Campaign Manager, male 20s to 40s.

PRICES INCLUDE DRINKS [Dominique Portet wines, craft Beer and more] + CHEESE BEFORE SHOW [details below – $5 included in the price – great value!] come 30 minutes before show start

$41 Public

$36 Concessions : pensioners, seniors, unemployed, UFE, FACCI, AFAS, AFTV, Alliance Française, MEAA, Groupe Romand [Swiss], l’Ecole Française de Melbourne, French Journey, Cassis, Melbourne Accueil, MyFrenchLife and French Australian Lawyers Society.

$32 MFT Members + Docklands Residents [bring utilities bills as proof otherwise full price applies!]

$22 FULL-TIME students

* NB without proof of concession full price must be paid *

Booking fee covers credit card and admin fees now $2 [down from $3] per ticket


Library at the Dock

Second floor Performance Space

107 Victoria Harbour Promenade, DOCKLANDS VIC 3008

The theatre is on the top floor of the building with views overlooking the stunning Victoria Harbour.

Getting there


​Routes 11, 35, 48, 70, 75

​Take any train to Southern Cross Station

Melways 2E F6


The theatre is on the top floor of the building with views overlooking the stunning Victoria Harbour.

Getting there


​Routes 11, 35, 48, 70, 75

​Take any train to Southern Cross Station

Melways 2E F6

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