Students from UNSW's School of English, Media and Performing Arts are part of an Australian theatrical first.

Pantagleize, a play by the avant-garde Belgian dramatist Michel de Ghelderode, has never before been performed in this country.

Written in 1929, it is described as "a farce to make you sad".

The students will be directed by actor/director Ben Winspear who has been a resident director for the Sydney Theatre Company and has worked with many other directors including Barrie Kosky, Kate Champion and Nikki Heywood.

"Over the past month the students and creative team have attempted to find a contemporary form of staging that respects Ghelderode's love of the puppet theatre's coarseness, Bosch's beautiful chaos, and our own equally silly times.

"The casting was informal, with such a large group it felt like the best approach. Everyone worked incredibly hard to bring the show to life, and all aspects of the show are made possible by the dedication of the group, through stage management, technical operation, and an outstanding sound design," Ben said.

What: Pantagleize - a performance by students from the School of English, Media and Performing Arts

When: Preview, Sat 15 March, 5pm; Monday 17-Thursday 20 March at 7.30pm.

Where: Io Myers Studio, Gate 2, High Street, Kensington

Bookings are essential as seating is limited for this production

Contact: Su Goldfish, ph 9385 5684, or go to the website.