Cie des Ô
The stage is set in a Scottish
fair. Two young, amateur actors are about to perform their “Mummers Play”. It
is a short folkloric piece where ghosts and legendary kings roam. They tell the
same story every year: every character is called up to the scene one by one, two
of them engage in combat, and the defeated one comes back as the “doctor’s
This year, however, there is a
special event happening at the same time as the play: the Scottish Cup finals.
It’s a long-awaited event: 22 long years have passed since the Ghosts of Stornoway have made it this
far. On stage, the two rascals are impatient, briskly tapping their feet.
In Fantôme (Dark Side), the company Cie des Ô explore childhood and its
afflictions. The ghosts that haunt the stage are those of “Homers,” orphans
deported in the seventies to the Hebrides archipelago off the northwest coast
of Scotland. Beaten, malnourished and unloved, they endured the iron fists of
the clergy and lived in bleak, austere homes. Their stories, their history,
will take center stage and their lost souls filled with melancholy will be
entangled with those of the Ghosts, the
imaginary football team venerated by the two boys.
Author Nicolas Turon uses the world of fairy tales, as well as his
own childhood with its wounds, to bridge the chasm between the narratives.
“When writing, I look for a certain naïveté that is not yet tainted by
conventions or principles; one that is free of the weight of adulthood. I draw
my inspiration from James Barrie, Lewis Carroll or Roald Dahl.” The actor and
his sidekick, musician Fabrice Bez, will draw the viewers into a story that is
simple and potent, beautiful and bitter, benevolent and utopian. One could also
say that the story is “a prayer that haunts, a celebration of all the lives we
were not meant to live.”
Ages 8 and over.
Note: This performance is in French.
Playwright: Nicolas Turon
With Fabrice Bez & Nicolas Turon
Music: Fabrice Bez
Decor: Didier Balsaux
Stands: Camille Tourneux (Les établissements Tourneux)
Costumes: Laure Hieronymus
Jerseys: Elise Soulier (Baoli)
Actor Direction: Simon Bonne & Greg Truchet
Video Footage: Julien De Ciancio & Sebastien Lane
Graphic Design: Vincent Lansade
Photo Credits: Clément Martin