Fear and Trembling

French actress Layla Metssitane adapts, directs and performs Amélie Nothomb’s bestselling novel.

The Alliance Française d’Adelaide has the pleasure of welcoming French actress Layla Metssitane to Adelaide for a unique performance at the Scott Theatre (University of Adelaide) on October 19th 2013. Layla Metssitane will present her theatrical version of Amélie Nothomb’s bestselling novel Fear and Trembling (Grand Prize for a novel, awarded by the Académie Française in 1999), which tells the autobiographical story of young Amélie Nothomb as she embarks on a life-changing journey to Japan. Amélie, a young Belgian woman, having spent her childhood in Japan, decides to return to live there and tries to integrate in Japanese society, determined to become a “real Japanese” before her one-year contract runs out. Though she is hired for a choice position as a translator at an import/export firm, her inability to understand Japanese cultural norms and a series of missteps result in increasingly humiliating demotions. The performance will be in French with projected English surtitles. Members of the audience will have access to the University of Adelaide’s cafeteria one hour prior to the performance. Tickets to be purchased through Dramatix: www.dramatix.com.au/events/1170 Fear and Trembling at the Scott Theatre, October 19th 2013 – 7:30pm www.af.org.au

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