Jean-Pierre Mignon and Peer Gynt: A French Director in Australia
AbstractNothing could be more different from Patrice Chereau's Peer Gynt than Peer Gynt staged by Jean-Pierre Mignon in Melbourne in 1990. This French director arrived in Australia in 1978. In 1980 he founded Australian Nouveau Theatre (ANT) which, until very recently, was based at the Anthill Theatre in South Melbourne. ANT has mounted more than fifty productions to date. Among them are Chekhov's great plays, Moliere's Tartuffe, Don Juan, The Misanthrope and The Imaginary Invalid, Beckett's Happy Days and Waiting for Godot, Lawler's Summer of the Seventeenth Doll and, for the 1992 Melbourne Festival, La Vida es un Suefzo (Life is a Dream) by Calderon. Mignon has not worked exclusively with his own company. He has mounted productions for the Victorian Opera, for example, and the Sydney Theatre Company, including a highly acclaimed Marriage of Figaro by Beaumarchais, and in 1992 Strindberg's Miss Julie.