Saturday, 17 September 2016

Theater Basel | Farinet oder das falsche Geld (Farinet or fake money)

Farinet or fake money is a play by Reto Finger about the money forger Joseph-Samuel Farinet who distributed self-made coins among the population. Fascinating about this is the fact that his fake coins were used for more than 10 years in Switzerland, even though you could easy tell that they are not real even banks accepted his coins and the police could not intervene anymore as there were too much of his coins in circulation. After getting imprisoned his girlfriend Joséphine helps him escape, he is a bon vivant and very popular among the locals, therefor he gets a lot of help after his escape.
The play raises questions like whether he is just a criminal or a hero? What is the definition of freedom? And who decides what is right and what is wrong?

The stage setting remains the same during the whole play, there is a wooden chalet in the middle of the stage and a ladder on the left side of the stage for when he descends to his hiding place.
The music and the background sounds were beautiful, the actors were sometimes singing traditional swiss melodies and the sound effects really made us believe we are inside a huge cave.
Depending on the scene the play of light created a tense, mysterious or even hopeful and bright atmosphere and the actors were absolutely fantastic.
Another thing we liked was the use of the Swiss dialects during some parts of the play, which made the story even more authentic.
It is an excellent staging of the legendary story of an extraordinary man.


Nicola Mastroberardino as FARINET
Cathrin Störmer as JOSÉPHINE (HIS GIRLFRIEND)
Andrea Bettini as CRITTIN (OWNER OF THE RESTAURANT ) / MRS REY (POST OFFICE) / COUNTRY POLICEMAN
Mario Fuchs as FONTANA / MR REY / COUNTRY POLICEMAN
Martin Hug as CHARRT / ROMAILLER (LOCAL COUNCIL)
Leonie Merlin Young as THERÈSE (HIS DAUGHTER) / ARDÉVAZ / COMMANDER

production: Nora Schlocker
stage & costumes: Jessica Rockstroh
light: HeidVoegelinLights
music: Albrecht Dornauer
dramatic composition: Katrin Michaels

pictures © Kim Culetto

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