Vagabond Productions are back with what they describe as a perfect lockdown party, their own translation of The Chairs by Eugène Ionesco (originally in French). Picture an ancient couple, beached in life and marooned in some isolated spot, inviting many imaginary guests. The result – lots of chairs and characters but no inconvenient social distancing. Sometimes life is just more absurd than fiction.
It’s a piece that has fascinated theatre makers and theatre goers since it was first performed in Paris in 1952. In this interview Louise Seyffert and Bart Laere talk about their journey to making a new translation, performing it and the renewed interest in absurdist theatre post pandemic.