“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.
Scenario written and directed by Jérémie Le Louët
A production by Les Dramaticules
Co-produced by Le Théâtre de Châtillon (92), le Théâtre de la Madeleine / scène conventionnée de Troyes (10), le Théâtre de Corbeil-Essonnes (91) and le Pôle culturel d’Alfortville (94)
“Do not be fooled, this show – and this is what makes it so good – is not reserved for theatregoers and industry professionals. The young, gifted troupe which devised and performs it has a passion for their art. It is often cruel but side-splittingly funny”
Sandrine Blanchard – Le Monde – July 2014
“A group of thirty-somethings butchers the inner workings and beliefs of the world of theatre. A vitriolic satire which puts us all firmly back in our place. Funny and salutary.”
Etienne Sorin – Le Figaro – July 2014
“A truly hilarious piece which is full of verve. A no-holds-barred satire on what goes on behind the scenes. Breath-taking!”
Jean-Luc Porquet – Le Canard enchaîné – July 2014
“An effervescent, biting satire that always keeps to the beat. Once again, Dramaticules gives us proof of their inventiveness and virtuosity.”
Agnès Santi – La Terrasse – July 2014