« Pères » – created and written from interviews carried out in Sevran and Malakoff – takes us plunges us into a number of households in today’s France. On the stage, personal familial stories unfold, creating a diversified, colourful genealogical tree in which the father figures – authoritarian, absent, loving – occupy a central position.
During the year 2020, Élise Chatauret and Thomas Pondevie conducted a series of interviews hinging on the topic of family. Meeting individuals, professionals, and institutions, they quickly discovered a blind spot: men were absent. They then chose to question the family topic from the fathers’ point of view.
True to its practice of documentary theatre, The Babel Company multiplies the interviews and composes a theatrical score woven from multiple voices.
Fathers opens the doors of French households from diverse immigrant backgrounds. On stage, two actors take on stories collected and paint a series of portraits interwoven with new discourses. Little by little, a question emerges: how can we imagine fatherhood outside of patriarchy?
MODULABLE “ALL-TERRAIN” SHOW FOR TWO ACTORS, WHICH CAN BE PERFORMED AT HOME, WITH THE FAMILY OR PRACTICALLY ANYWHERE ELSE…