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Award-winning playwright Nicola Gunn returns with a multilingual production that unpacks translation

This hilarious show is making its world premiere at Malthouse Theatre this August

By Olivia Hart for Time Out in association with Malthouse Theatre

Award-winning playwright, director and actor Nicola Gunn previously won over audiences with her entertaining and complex plays (including Piece For Person and Ghetto Blaster), which combined art and anthropology to great effect. This winter, Gunn returns with her second work in The Interpreters trilogy about the dramaturgy of translation and the act of interpretation. 

Through a series of surreal comedic encounters, Apologia unpacks Nicola Gunn’s personal fantasy of being French, despite her Australian roots. In one scene, a French actress is fired for her bad behaviour; in another, two tourists find themselves disappointed by the city of Paris. 

Apologia sees Gunn doing what she does best, portraying a hilarious take on one of life’s quintessential struggles: how to express oneself to others. Watch as a French translator attempts to navigate the complex relationship with her mother and her mother tongue, with the play confronting what it means to have your voice translated by others. 

Apologia is written and directed by Gunn, who stars alongside Taka Takiguchi and Yumi Umiumare, with set design by Katie Åtland and costumes by Kate Davis. 

Catch Apologia at Malthouse Theatre from August 6-18, with tickets on sale from $45. Get yours here.  

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