David Maison, Jérémie Le Louët, Anthony Courret, Julien Buchy & Noémie Guedj dans Affreux, bêtes et pédants"

Affreux, bêtes et pédants

A satire on French cultural life

“The theatre is a rich form of compost.” Valère Novarina

Affreux, bêtes et pédants builds up an evenly balanced portrait of theatre “practitioners”, infused with healthy doses of self-mocking. In short, an unholy array of monsters. Preconceived notions, ideas and places held in common, and downright stupidity are the basis for this hard-hitting, unbiased fresco of our tumultuous profession. This piece, written collectively, aims to place the torments of the creative process centre-stage, and to render tangible its Ubu-like dimensions.

Among the attractions in this shooting-gallery experience are the following: a debate with the audience, a rehearsal which turns into a torture session, a presentation of the season, and an artist presenting his or her project to a theatre producer… These and many other situations enable Dramaticules to throw light on the inner workings of a theatre troupe, in all its small-minded and sordid detail, ranging from scenes in the dressing room to those at the office, and external meetings. Based on its observations of the theatre industry, Affreux, bêtes et pédants denounces posturing, of the most pathetic kind, and all the imposters that are connected with it.