“Ça ira (1) Fin de Louis” at Paris Théâtre de la Porte Saint-Martin, our review

Until July 28, 2019 Paris Théâtre de la Porte Saint-Martin welcomes “Ça ira (1) Fin de Louis”, a play by Joël Pommerat, a political fiction inspired by the French Revolution that lasts over 4 hours. A unique drama experience settled in the news and during which you won’t be bored.

As it happens from time to time, Théâtre de la Porte Saint-Martin is currently welcoming popular drama with Joël Pommerat’s play, “Ça ira (1) Fin de Louis” played from Thursday to Sunday until July 28, 2019.
Performances on July 13 and 14, 2019 as well as the ones on July 20 and 21, 2019 will have English subtitles for the English-speaking audience.

It’s not the first collaboration between the Compagnie Louis Brouillard – created and managed by the stager – and this theater since a few years back, the Théâtre de la Porte Saint-Martin programmed “Pinocchio” by the same writer.

Created in 2015 by Joël Pommerat, “Ça ira (1) Fin de Louis” has already been performed at Nanterre Théâtre des Amandiers and 104.

And it’s a true drama experience that to attend a show of this contemporary political fiction. First, because of its exceptional duration time, over 4 hours. But let’s say it now, don’t be scared by this aspect because the show includes two intermissions to stretch your legs or have a bite (exceptionally, the theater offers several food areas with a catering service), but most of all, unlike what you may think, this story is so captivating you won’t be bored.
Moreover, Théâtre de la Porte Saint-Martin seats are relatively comfortable and the room enjoys A/C.
The show is dynamic, without dead time, thanks to the 30 actors who are entirely giving themselves, and we must say the show is quite funny.

Ça ira (1) Fin de Louis” is about Louis XVI facing the French Revolution. Joël Pommerat Louis XVI is an authoritarian, modern monarch wearing a tie and a black suit, he takes selfies and uses the song “The Final Countdown” to make his appearance.
His Prime Minister in charge with the finance tries to set a tax reform. He looks a bit like Edouard Philippe and Louis XVI physically makes us think about Albert of Monaco and has the character of the current lodger at the Elysée Palace.

We can’t precisely date the story of the play since it has so many elements from 1789 to nowadays, swinging between history and modernity.
The speeches delivered by the deputies could actually be delivered during today’s revolution.
Words are clever, ambivalent and work for both periods.
General Estates can only make us think about the Grand Debate that happened in France recently. And the insurrection of the people in Paris also echoes with the yellow jacket movement even though the play has been created in 2015. Joël Pommerat, a visionary?

But the strength of the play holds in the production that puts on a show everywhere. As a member of the audience, we’re put in the debate room of the Third Estate and in the heart of history since actors playing deputies are in the room with us.

Yet, it’s true the play could be a little shorter: some fight scenes and the invectives during the deputies’ session are a bit long but very realistic. We could feel in a political show: it’s the same mess that in some high place of the government. Insults, interruptions, impassioned speeches, tackles and even attacks, you’ve got it all.

Of course, we won’t tell you if Joël Pommerat Louis XVI ends up guillotined or not. To find out, you’ll have to give a go to this uncommon drama experience.

Laura B.
Last updated on 21 June 2019

Practical information

Opening Time
From 13 April 2019 to 28 July 2019

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    Location

    16, bd Saint-Martin
    75010 Paris 10

    Prices
    Visibilité réduite: 13.80 €
    Catégorie 3: 26.76 €
    Catégorie 2: 37.56 €
    Catégorie 1: 48.36 €

    Recommended age
    From 14 years old

    Official website
    www.portestmartin.com

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