The Orchestra Q&A video & photos: Why don’t we see more revivals of French dramatist Jean Anouilh?

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One of the reasons I love chairing post-show Q&As so much is the chance I get to learn new things from incredibly talented and knowledgeable panellists. Last night’s event for Jean Anouilh’s play The Orchestra at Omnibus Theatre was a special treat as the expert on hand was also an old friend of mine: award-winning director, composer, writer and, in this case, translator Jeremy Sams.

Jean Anouilh (1910-1987) was one of the 20th century’s most popular French dramatists. Best known for Antigone, his 1944 adaptation of Sophocles’ classic, Anouilh’s work ranged from high drama to absurdist farce. His other plays include Becket, The Lark, Romeo and Jeannette, The Rehearsal, The Lark and Ring Around the Moon.

New company Teatro Latino is staging Anouilh’s 1962 one-act play The Orchestra – about a tired all-female orchestra in a tired French spa town after the Second World War – at Omnibus Theatre and, on the panel, I had not only director Kristine Landon-Smith, composer Felix Cross and producer/actor Stefania Licari, but also my old friend,

Decades ago, Jeremy translated The Orchestra from the original French, one of many plays of Anouilh’s that he’s translated. He was our ‘Anouilh bore’ on last night’s panel, but there was nothing the least bit boring about the insights.

Amongst them: why has Anouilh been so rarely performed since his height of popularity in this country in 1962, when he had six plays running in London? It’s not just, as you might think, about falling out of fashion.

Lots of great discussion too about embracing diversity and internationalism, putting an accent on accents, life in France after the Nazis, synthesized orchestrations, musical miming and more – with input from the rest of the cast: Amanda Osborne, Sarah Waddell, Pedro Casarin, Luna Dai, Toph Enany and Jessica Hulme.

The Orchestra continues at London’s Omnibus Theatre in Clapham until 17 February 2019.

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Pre-show at @Omnibus_Theatre. Filling up for #TheOrchestra. Looking forward to chatting to director @KLandonSmith, translator Jeremy Sams, composer Felix Cross & members of @TeatroLatinoUK company. Any Qs? #OffWestEnd pic.twitter.com/nM3mryX0Uz

— Terri Paddock (@TerriPaddock) February 5, 2019

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Terri Paddock runs the Terri Paddock Group, which provides content and social media marketing services for theatre clients across channels including MyTheatreMates.com, StageFaves.com, Stage Talk and TerriPaddock.com. Previously,
Terri Paddock founded WhatsOnStage.com and the WhatsOnStage Awards, running the company and its events from 1996 to 2013. Terri is also the author of two novels, Come Clean and Beware the Dwarfs, and has previously written for the Evening Standard, Independent, The Times and other national publications. She is renowned for her 'legendary' post-show Q&As and also produces the annual Critics' Circle Theatre Awards and acts as a digital, content strategy and event consultant for theatre, producers and other clients. She tweets about theatre at @TerriPaddock.
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Terri Paddock runs the Terri Paddock Group, which provides content and social media marketing services for theatre clients across channels including MyTheatreMates.com, StageFaves.com, Stage Talk and TerriPaddock.com. Previously,
Terri Paddock founded WhatsOnStage.com and the WhatsOnStage Awards, running the company and its events from 1996 to 2013. Terri is also the author of two novels, Come Clean and Beware the Dwarfs, and has previously written for the Evening Standard, Independent, The Times and other national publications. She is renowned for her 'legendary' post-show Q&As and also produces the annual Critics' Circle Theatre Awards and acts as a digital, content strategy and event consultant for theatre, producers and other clients. She tweets about theatre at @TerriPaddock.

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