What would happen if Shakespeare’s Ophelia and Desdemona came back from the swamps of death where they have endured the longest exile? Resurrected by their desire to expose the “abusers” and “murderers”, they would revel in denouncing “Man”; they would destroy, with delight, the established values of a male society. Full of grotesque poetry and disturbing charm, this biting, Bouffon-inspired satire puts “Man” on trial.
Michele Smith and Dean Gilmour, artistic directors of Theatre Smith-Gilmour and pioneers of Canadian theatre, have co-written their first Bouffon show with Nina Gilmour and Danya Buonastella who are recent graduates of École Philippe Gaulier in Paris, France where they studied and developed a passion for this wild and ancient style. Who are the Bouffons? They are outcasts and misfits who come from the swamps, where they have been relegated; they come to denounce hypocrisy with mockery, irony and satire, to take the piss out of society. The Bouffons are the “deformed and ugly people” that the royalty would employ for their amusement; but inevitably the Bouffons would get carried away and go too far: they would speak the naked truth and risk a whipping or even death.
Produced by Play It Again Productions
Written by Michele Smith, Dean Gilmour, Nina Gilmour & Danya Buonastella
Directed by Michele Smith & Dean Gilmour
Performed by Nina Gilmour & Danya Buonastella
Stage Managed by Jiv Parasram
Lighting Design by Andre Du Toit
Associate Lighting Design by Raha Javanfar
Supported by Theatre Smith Gilmour and Why Not Theatre