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Adelaide Festival Centre's inSPACE Development Program presents

French Guise

By Cheryl Pickering
Physical Theatre
Drama Centre Rehearsal Room
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French Guise takes inspiration from the extraordinary life of Julie d'Aubigny - 'La Maupin' - a seventeenth century bisexual sword-fighting opera singer.

As the story is told, she once defeated three men in duels in a single evening, and famously burnt down a convent in order to escape with her female lover. She notably debuted operatic roles composed by some of the era's most distinguished composers.

Baroque and contemporary music combine with martial arts, as French Guise explores contemporary gender and sexuality stereotyping through the lens of La Maupin’s remarkable example. 


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Cheryl Pickering - Director/deviser/performer

Emma O'Neill - Designer/deviser/production manager

Ruth Fallon - Actor/fight specialist/choreographer

Anne Cawrse - Composer

Performance Location: Drama Centre Rehearsal Room

A photo taken from the riverbank of Adelaide Festival Centre, with a view of surrounding buildings in the background.

You can access the venue by foot from North Ter­race, Ade­laide Rail­way Sta­tion, Ade­laide Oval, or King William Road. 

From North Ter­race, walk down the laneway along­side SkyC­i­ty Casi­no. From King William Road, you can walk over Fes­ti­val Plaza (there’s a lift and esca­la­tor down to the Dunstan Play­house lev­el) or along the Walk of Fame from Elder Park.

Meeting point

The Drama Centre Rehearsal Room is located below the Dunstan Playhouse. Please meet at the Dunstan Playhouse Foyer.


There is an acces­si­ble drop off area locat­ed off Fes­ti­val Dri­ve under the River­bank Footbridge.

A des­ig­nat­ed dis­abil­i­ty drop off is also avail­able 45 min­utes before per­for­mances. To access this drop off area, turn onto Fes­ti­val Dri­ve from King William Road, pass the Fes­ti­val Plaza car park entrance and stay left, dri­ving through the EOS Hotel vis­i­tor drop off loop to arrive at the Dun­stan Play­house access drop off. 

Taxi services

The best place to be dropped off by taxi is on King William Road at the Fes­ti­val The­atre or on North Terrace. There is also a drop off area locat­ed off low­er Fes­ti­val Dri­ve under­neath the River­bank Footbridge. 

Car parking

The nearest car park is located behind Adelaide Convention Centre on Festival Drive - next to the Riverbank Footbridge. The eastern lift will take you to the promenade level where it's a short walk to the theatre entrance. Visit the Adelaide Convention Centre website for more information. 

Public transport

Accessible by many forms of public transport. Including trains, buses, the tram (stop at Railway Station) and a free bus service that operates on a loop throughout the city and North Adelaide with stops on the corner of King William Road and North Terrace.

We want to make your visit as enjoyable as possible and offer many ways to assist if support is required.

Accessible seating

Patrons using a wheelchair and those unable to manage stairs can be seated in the balcony or on floor level depending on the venue configuration. 


Stair-free seating is available at the upper balcony level only. 


Accessible toilets are available at all Adelaide Festival Centre venues.

Assistance animals

Every theatre and event/function area of Adelaide Festival Centre is assistance animal friendly. 

Audio assistance

Space Theatre has hearing loop facilities, limited to particular seats in the venues.

Audience members who require hearing assistance are now able to enjoy the show via the Beyerdynamic Hearing System. Please advise the operator at the time of booking. 

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