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The Lausanne Shakespeare Festival (LSF) is returning this June with a great line-up of plays and workshops, many of which are in English. 

Taking place between 1 and 3 June, this year’s festival will once again be based in the Théâtre La Grange de Dorigny, a unique performing arts center based on the University of Lausanne campus.

Following the format of previous years, LSF 2018 will combine full-length plays in the evenings with workshops, a film, street theater, and a range of experimental performances during the day. Like Lausanne itself, the LSF is fundamentally cosmopolitan, bringing together artists and audience members from a variety of linguistic backgrounds and featuring events in both French and English.

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The Geneva Amateur Operatic Society (GAOS) will bring a lively and colorful performance of the popular musical, South Pacific, to Geneva this May!

Based on James A. Michener’s prize-winning book, Tales of the South Pacific, and incorporating some of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein’s best-loved songs, the musical will take place at the Casino Theatre in Geneva between 5 and 13 May 2018.

The story behind South Pacific

For those who are unfamiliar with the story, South Pacific takes place on an exotic tropical island in the South Pacific during the Second World War. Nellie Forbush, a young Navy nurse from Little Rock, Arkansas, meets and falls in love with Emile De Becque, a gallant, middle-aged French plantation owner. However, she has second thoughts upon discovering that he's fathered two half-Polynesian children.

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Photo credit: Helen Patuck

It’s often said that laughter is the best medicine and if you look at the reviews on the website of the local comedy improvisation group, Renegade Saints, it’s easy to see why!

“I laughed my guts off!”

“Laughed so much and for all the right reasons.”

“I was so energised from laughing at you all as I walked home. Your guys should open a health club and just project reruns on the wall. It’d make a killing.”

So who are the Renegade Saints and why should we go and see them?

Based in Geneva, the Renegade Saints are an eclectic group of about 10 performers of varying ages and different international backgrounds – all with a passion for improv. Performing regularly in the city since 2014, they can be seen mainly at the Mr Pickwick Pub on the Rue de Lausanne, but the group also does private shows, workshops and other special events throughout the year.

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Following the global success of Kiss & Cry’s “nano-dances” in 2011, choreographer Michèle Anne de Mey and filmmaker Jaco Van Dormael have created a moment of pure poetry with their second creation, Cold Blood.

On show at the Théatre de Carouge from Tuesday, 9 January through to Saturday, 3 February, this unique show will be performed in English for one night only on Friday, 26 January 2018.

Described by the directors as “an ode to life at the intersection of different media – film, dance, music, and theatre”, this show has a rare emotional power. It forces the audience to consider the fragility of life by exploring the instant just before the final breath “that transforms our existence, through a journey of extraordinary reach, infinite tenderness and exquisite nostalgia”.

As the performance unfolds on stage, hands can be seen performing on miniature film sets. The audience watches as the film is simultaneously shot and projected on screen above the stage. The story, full of intelligence and reveries, unfolds in “an exquisite and diaphanous ballet" and the influence of Ravel, Schubert, David Bowie and Janis Joplin is clearly evident. You can see a selection of excerpts from Cold Blood at this link on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWxaqDX0gc4.

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Win a double ticket to see The Wizard of Oz on Friday, 1 December 2017!

The Geneva Amateur Operatic Society has chosen one of the most popular musicals, The Wizard of Oz, for its pre-Christmas show this year.

Taking place between 1 and 3 December 2017 at the Théatre du Léman, this lively production will include some of the best-loved songs in American filmdom, notably "Over the Rainbow" and "Follow the Yellow Brick Road".  Fans of the musical will also know to look out for memorable icons such as the ruby slippers, the Emerald City and of course the Yellow Brick Road!

For those unfamiliar with the story, The Wizard of Oz tells the story of Dorothy, who lives with her dog, Toto, on the farm of Aunt Em and Uncle Henry, amid the wheat fields of Kansas.

One day, a tornado sends the farmhouse spinning up into the sky with Dorothy and Toto inside it. They end up among the strange Munchkins in the Land of Oz. Dorothy eventually learns that the only way to get back home again is to ask the enigmatic Wizard of Oz for help. Her attempts to find the Wizard in the company of the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion are frustrated by the Wicked Witch of the West. Will they ever get back to the farm?

MONTREUX COMEDY FESTIVAL TRENDING COMICS

The enigmatic, off-the-wall comedian, Paul Taylor, is taking a break from his #Franglais tour to present this year’s Trending Comics Gala in Montreux, on Sunday, 3 December 2017!

With some of the finest comedians from around the world descending on Montreux to be part of this year’s international gala, this popular English show will showcase artists from the UK, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Iceland, Canada, Italy and more.

True to the essence of the Trending Comics brand, the diverse line-up of acts not only includes comedians from very disparate parts of the world but also those offering widely differing comedy styles.

The acts include: one of the most exciting comedians to emerge from the UK comedy circuit, the incredibly talented and award-winning comic, Ahir Shah; the hottest, upcoming South African act of Dutch origin and regular opening act for Trevor Noah, Schalk Bezuidenhout; the new Godfather of Italy’s burgeoning comedy scene, Francesco de Carlo; UAE’s King of Comedy, co-founder of Dubomedy, and international headliner, Ali Al Sayed; and Iceland’s biggest comedy export, Ari Eldjarn.