Melbourne French Theatre - School Tours


Des Courtes Lignes de COURTELINE
[Some Short Lines from COURTELINE]

PLAYWRIGHT Georges Courteline
entirely in French with English surtitles

DIRECTED and PRODUCED by Michael Bula


entirely in French with English surtitles
- suitable for primary and secondary levels.



Don't Miss out - dates are filling fast!

A collection of hilarious sketches for students of French with a short Q + A workshop

MFT present the following short sketches by Georges Courteline - in modern/contemporary direction

  • Monsieur Badin - Mr Badin = a public servant who never shows up for work!
  • L'Extra-Lucide - the Super Clairvoyant = a sleepwalking fortune teller with a 6th sense!
  • Une lettre chargée - A Registered Letter = a letter is trapped by a post office official
  • Avant et Après - Before and After = a picnic goes wrong between Marthe and René


  • Flexible - can be presented in any reasonably accessible venue for students [hall, theatre, sports stadium]
  • Suitable for primary [if comprehension level for French or English in the surtitles - is sufficient] and all secondary levels
  • Season availability: 4 School Terms [dates will fill fast] from March
  • Show duration - 45 to 75 minutes depending on length of periods tailored to suit - show approximately 35 minutes + optional - 1. Q + A session and/or 2. workshop for students - please specify time duration preferred in the COMMENTS section on the form
  • Resumes FREE upon request
  • Fully portable costumes + accessories
  • 3 Actors from MFT
  • 1-2 members MFT Production + Surtitles Crew
  • School to organise student attendance and payment in advance
  • For regional schools, if an overnight stay is required, the school to provide meals and accommodation, free of charge to MFT team
  • Teachers' packs will be available, upon request when a booking is paid.

4 typically comic situations of the French-experience for your students in the order above =

  1. a public service office
  2. a post office
  3. a fortune teller's boudoir
  4. a picnic blanket
  5. - sure to entertain!

School to supply free of charge to MFT [ask for a technical sheet] :

  • A large white or similar backdrop on stage
  • some furniture
  • venue for show + dressing/preparation area
  • minimal lighting and lapel microphones if needed and surtitles equipment
  • the team's refreshments [light meal or sandwiches and drinks


proudly sponsored and supported by

Individual AFTV members can apply for funds from the AFTV if they wish to organise any activity of their choice - there is an Application for Funding form on its website, which needs to be completed and sent to the Scholarship and Finance sub-committee for consideration AFTV is happy to assist its members to book MFT representations [click on logo or text for website]

for French properties and legal

Professional French translations


  • Per student $13 [metropolitan schools] - $15 [country schools] - ALSO prices may be negotiated dependent on numbers and conditions - just ask!]
  • School Booking fee per booking is $10 - Invoices issue
  • See AFTV funding/subsidy application for members special offer
  • Teachers and school staff free
  • minimum of 100 paying students per venue/booking/performance needed to make travel to your school economically viable - with no maximum dependent on school venue [the show is adapted to any type of performance space - schools can combine - but with consent of a host school only - in this way smaller numbers MAY be accommodated]
  • for more than one session at one school - the minimum of 100 paying students per session is still required for each show performance
  • other terms and conditions apply and will be advised

If you are interested, MFT is planning to schedule a limited number of performances throughout Victoria in 2011 and requests you complete the form on the website at and click the Contacts button providing in the message section :

  1. preferred/available dates and times
  2. a full venue description
  3. numbers of students and year levels
  4. numbers of teachers
as soon as possible to gauge interest and feasibility. When confirmed a tax invoice and materials will issue to the school. A technical / performance requirements sheet is available upon request

DATES - TERMS 1, 2, 3 and 4 this year



If you are interested, MFT is planning a schedule of performances throughout Victoria and requests you complete and email back the following form as soon as possible to gauge interest and feasibility. When confirmed a tax invoice and materials will issue to the school.

Name of Teacher

Name of School

School/Performance Address

Year levels interested

Number of estimated attending students



Preferred dates and times in order
[3 please] : 1. 2. 3.

Describe specifications of proposed venue & facilities [lighting, sound, stage, seating etc] 

If possible, please attach any documents concerning floorplans, specifications of proposed venue & facilities in the one MS WORD document attachment

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Melbourne French Theatre

Tel: 03 9349 2250

Fax: 03 9347 1741