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POSTED: 01 AUGUST 2010

Gombrowicz's classic adult fairytale provides a tasty theatrical dining experience*

Dinner with a View launches its second season at Eastside Arts Café in Paddington, Sydney, by presenting an intimate evening with friends, food and fairy tales.

Following up on its premiere season, A Taste Sensation, which offered a selection of short plays, the company will this time treat audiences to Princess Ivona, a grotesque and witty adult fairy tale written by Witold Gombrowicz — served up while enjoying wine and antipasto platters.

Rebelling against the laws of nature, the Prince decides to marry the awkward anaemic Ivona. When presented to the court, Ivona soon becomes the cause of decay.

Her mute and intrusive presence reveals each courtier his own blemishes, vices and dark secrets. In a short time the court turns into an incubator of monsters. Gombrowicz uses grotesque and humorous elements to offer us a wacky mirror of casual cruelty.

Written in 1938 by the man often listed as the Theatre of the Absurd movement’s “grandfather”, Princess Ivona has since been produced in more than 30 countries.

Directed by David Farland, the cast features David Bond, Brooke Doherty, Sylvia Dritsakis,  Kim Dickson, Claire Fearon, Brett Heath,  Justine Keim,  Lachlan McWilliam and  Kathy Urukalo. Costumes are by Aron Dosiak, lighting design by Sydney Bouhaniche and make-up design by Alice Baueris.

Artistic director and curator of the series Cecile Payet says Theatre with a View continues to offer creative, bold but accessible theatre.

“Our seasons aim for diversity, creativity and quality,” she said.

“We bring a fresh new approach to Sydney theatre by providing accessible encounters with theatrical works in a welcoming non-conventional theatre space.

“We’ll also support and nurture the local theatre community by offering flexible co-production opportunities to Sydney-based theatre artists.”

Princess Ivona will run at Eastside Arts Café, 395 Oxford Street, Paddington, on Saturday nights from 14 August to 9 October (excluding 25 September). For further details and bookings, visit Dinner with a View.

*Based on media release issued by Dinner with a View.

Above left: Sylvia Dritsakis, Justine Keim and Kathy Urukalo. Above right: The cast of Princess Ivona. Below: Brett Heath and Justine Keim. All images by Patrick Riviere.