Urgently called to his mother’s bedside, teenager Wahab feels irrepressible anger well up inside him on the way to the hospital: a cry of despair at fate, a cry of guilt, the grief of losing his mother and even greater pain of freeing himself from her. Wahab, a single narrator, talks about his childhood, his roots and his family to communicate to us – simply and directly – how he lived through the evolution of his mother’s illness: cancer.
How can we talk about the death of those close to us and yet remain part of life? Is this test a necessary part of the initiation into “adult life”?
After the text by Wajdi Mouawad, directed by François Leclère; starring Céline Carrère and Julie Recoing.
“The inspiration for this project is the writing of Wajdi Mouawad, which resonates in my head: you think you know it, but on every reading you discover new overtones. This is then intertwined with the echo of the voices of the actors with whom I have been working over the last few years, the dream cast for the text that I am rereading. Finally, the image of their bodies and faces arrives unconsciously on a stage, like an urgent need to hear the music of words, to provide the audience with words, emotions and reflections.” – François Leclère
Founded in May 2007, the association Ekkyklemart aims to promote contemporary writing, introduce contemporary authors to new audiences and help authors meet those audiences by providing spaces for them to make their texts heard. It plans to continue the theatrical experiments of its artistic director, François Leclère, who for several years has worked alongside the authors, actors and publishers of contemporary theatre.
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