THE CANDIDATE[LA CANDIDATE]
by/de Jean Franco and/et Guillaume Mélanie in French with English subtitles translated by Michael Bula Director/Metteur en scène Donald McManus Producer/Producteur Michael Bula. The season ran from 7 – 11 December 2021. This is the sequel to Panique au Ministère presented in 2019. Its English version and that of the sequel were translated by Michael Bula.
The show is the 106th production of Melbourne French Theatre Inc. (MFT) in its 44th year [1977 to 2021] founded by Michael Bula and A. David Gorrie at the University of Melbourne – a record for any French-speaking theatre in the Southern Hemisphere. The show was presented from 7 to 11 December 2021 at The Meeting [Meating] Room, Meat Market, North Melbourne. The play is dedicated to the late Mary Duckworth, widow of the late Prof Colin Duckworth. Special thanks to Ioanna Gagani and Maya O’Farrell and Alexis Renou who respectively rehearsed the roles of Cécile and Sara and Eric, as well as Mark Cleary, indisposed as Box Office Manager.
|Cécile Bouquigny||Dominique Croset|
|Minister of Youth and Sports|
|Gabrielle Bellecour-Garcia||Christina Arampatzi|
|Understudy and performer||Sophie Armstrong|
|Chief of Staff – Youth and Sports Ministry|
|Louis Tesson||Richard Ryan|
|Former Minister of National Education|
|Samantha Kolaski||Olivia Bula|
|Campaign Manager to Paoli, incumbent candidate for the Presidency|
|Sara Bellecour-Tesson||Maria Paula Hernández|
|Éric Garcia||Damien Kenny replaced Alexis Renou|
|Ministry Media and Campaign Manager|
Photos by Lindsay Marriott and Una MacManus