Theatre

Humpbacks in Love and Other Plays

Discovering and rediscovering Jean Anouilh, I’m suddenly returned to the stage of an old theatre. The play is The Cavern (La Grotte) and the theatre is St Martin’s in South Yarra. Anouilh described the set, designer Paul Kathner made it, and I swept it. At the time I had a small offstage job at the theatre. On stage were two levels of an unrealistic house linked by a staircase. The setting was an attractive suggestion, in wood and canvas, of the upstairs and downstairs of a wealthy Paris residence, about 1910. It’s not in the stage directions but at one…

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