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The Interpreters

Nicola Gunn

At the beginning of his presentation, a speaker made a joke through an interpreter and after a few seconds the whole room burst into laughter. He was pleased that finally an audience had appreciated his joke. At the end of the meeting he said to the interpreter, “You know, I’ve made this joke several times in lots of different countries, but usually no one laughs. You must be a very good interpreter. I wonder how you managed to translate it?” The interpreter replied, “I simply said: he has made a joke, please laugh.”

The confrontation of language underlies so many of the problems which we can pose concerning human beings. Performed in English, French, Auslan and Boon Wurrung, this is a work about the act of interpreting, about changing words into meaning and back again. Set against the backdrop of French Mansion, join Nicola and special guests to untangle and retangle language.

Performed by Nicola Gunn, Mehdi Khallouk, Fay Muir and Luke King.

Alliance Française | 51 Grey St, St Kilda



Wednesday 30th November - Saturday 3rd December 2016


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