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May 19, 2017

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Ça ira (1) Fin de Louis

by N@ncy

  • Author:  Pommeart, J.
  • Title:   Ça ira (1) Fin de Louis
  • Published:  2016

 

  1. Winner 2016 Molières 2016 (French Theater Oscars…)
  2. Category: public theater
  3. Plot: first days of French Revolution, establishing Assemblée Nationale
  4. Strong point: theater’s power to explore the past
  5. Strong point: good historical understanding about the struggle for a functioning of a democracy.
  6. Unique: only 2 historical figures, King LXVI and his queen
  7. Direction: all bloody riots, storming Bastille etc….happen in the coulissen
  8. Cast: voices of ordinary people classes: Nobels, Church and Third Estate

 

Conclusion:

  1. Easy to read in French, hoping it will be translated into English
  2. Despite the fact we know how this chapter in history turns out,
  3. Pommerat has written snappy, concise dialogue that keep you reading!
  4. Tone: Pommerat grabs the reader with an edgy tone.
  5. You forget this is a historical event
  6. It feels like a  local ‘frenetic and heated’ discussion that
  7. happens everywhere in business, press conferences
  8. ….even election campaign trails.
  9. Sometimes you have to duck the ‘mud-slinging’!
  10. Bravo…the play deserves the Molière 2016!
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4 Comments Post a comment
  1. May 20 2017

    Sounds good. We are currently hooked on Louis XIV in TV series Versailles and it’s the same sort of feel – you frequently have to remind yourself this is historical event ( well some of it is!!)

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    • May 20 2017

      I saw Versailles in our TV booklet…but missed the first few episodes. I should watch it ….but cannot find ‘missed tv show’ on BBC that I can watch in NL.
      ‘Video not available in your country!”…Bah. PS: Dilemma for Danny Blind (Man U)…his hear is with the Dutch, he is a ‘child of Ajax’…but not in the 24th!

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      • May 20 2017

        And think Van Der Saar might have similar dilemma but other way round!

      • May 20 2017

        Oh, that’s right …I completely forgot about Van der Saar!! Dillemma’s all around!

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