Both a creation cycle and a triptych, THE VOICE OF THE ABSENTEES is the work Les Papavéracées made from 2017 to 2023, when they were associate artists with La Maison du Théâtre in Amiens. It is a human and artistic experience that transformed our theatrical landscape : there is room for other stories, other bodies, other ways of doing things.
“A theater in which necessity, joy, boldness, realism, beauty, poetry and commitment can live together and sublimate one another.”
It’s important for us to take the time to build things that we can MAKE TOGETHER, so as to make the possibility of ENCOUNTERS to happen. Encounters with others, of course, but encounters with ourselves as well. As a chance to discover what we can SHARE and create together.
Third play of the company, CHILDHOOD(S) is our first collective stage writing. From our own memories - the ones of kids who were born in the middle of the 1980’s - we composed a theatrical selfportrait, as the poem of a whole generation. By doing that, we conquered and discovered unknown words and existences - our own !
Second play of the company, A WOMAN is the decisive encounter with Annie Ernaux’s writing. After that, we needed to SAY her words and to DO to the theater field what her words did to literature and to her readers. We had to deconstruct our own tools before rebuilding our own “ place”. For a rehabilitation of ordinary lives and ordinary people.
First play of the company, F**** COUNTRY ! is a crucial experience for Les Papavéracées. It is about honoring a rare writing gesture (the one of Younes Amrani) and the sociological friendship that made it possible (the one of Stéphane Beaud) by inventing a theatrical language that can answer rightfully this raw political situation. Performed more than 80 times, it is still an emergency to hear those words.