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Partners in crime live theatre debut


Enterprising thespians Raphael and Sophie Ferry. Photograph: Peter Olszewski/Phnom Penh Post

Un petit drop of French culture is coming to Siem Reap courtesy of French expat and theatre comedian Raphael Ferry and his wonderful wife, teacher and holistic care practitioner Sophie.

The duo, who have lived locally for two years, will stage and act in the French-language renowned Eric Emmanuel Schmitt play,  Petits Crimes Conjugaux (Partners in Crime).

The bold notion to introduce a live theater culture in Siem Reap play was driven by Raphael. He told Man About, “I did theatre in France and I miss it a lot, both seeing it and also being a player. The idea is that since theatre doesn’t exist here in Siem Reap, I decided to do it myself.”

The play he chose is particularly suited to his needs because it requires only two actors, one being Raphael himself. To fill in the second slot he recruited his able wife who has never before graced the stage admits that she is nervous.

Raphael adds, “I also chose the play because it is famous in France. It’s a little bit funny, a little bit tragic, but it makes me think. And any married couple can relate to it.”

The venue is the tres wonderful Apsara Theatre at Angkor Village Hotel, just off Wat Bo Road. Dates and times are June 2, 6.30pm; June 3, 3.30pm. Admission is $5. Profits will go to PSE, an NGO that supports destitute, scavengers, maltreated, abused and uneducated children.

The plot revolves around Gilles who is suffering from amnesia as the result of a mysterious accident. He returns to his wife of fifteen years a stranger to himself. But can Gilles be sure he is the man his wife e describes, and is she in fact his wife? 

According  to the play’s summary, it is: “A suspenseful thriller about a couple in search of the truth. A black comedy full of surprises, in which light-hearted banter alternates with full-scale war.”

To contact the reporter on this story: Peter Olszewski at



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