Melbourne French Theatre - A French love story in Melbourne !
Melbourne French Theatre Story : MFT was founded in 1977 by Michael Bula and David Gorrie. In 1986 MFT was honoured to receive the patronage of His Excellency the Ambassador of France to Australia as a measure of the official recognition and prestige the Company has attained over the years. In 1991 MFT was entered on the Register of Cultural Organisations administered by the Department of the Arts in Canberra.
Two to four productions are mounted each year being mainly theatrical plays either entirely in the French language or in bilingual (French/English) form, supported since 1999 by a sophisticated and innovative system of English surtitles which were developed by Michael Bula by video-projected PowerPoint – to increase the number of spectators, especially anglophones. On some occasions cafés-théâtres and other projects are presented. The Theatre draws its inspiration for plays from a large repertoire of French playwrights from the Middle Ages until the present day.
The Theatre has presented some 88 productions during its existence. Amongst its actors are to be found professionals and amateurs alike of French, Australian, European and other nationalities and origins