Qui a tué mon père (Who killed my father) description
Writer and philosopher Édouard Louis takes to the stage in Qui a tué mon père (Who killed my father), a deeply personal work directed by internationally acclaimed theatre-maker Thomas Ostermeier.
Growing up as a young gay man in the French provinces, Édouard Louis long held a deep disgust for his violent, alcoholic father, whose homophobic outbursts plagued his childhood.
His book Qui a tué mon père, on which the play is based, caused a sensation in France and internationally, and led to Thomas Ostermeier inviting him to the Schaubühne Berlin to stage it as a piece of theatre. This work marks the return of Schaubühne and Thomas Ostermeier to Adelaide Festival after the success of Richard III in 2017.
Édouard Louis speaks with an emotional authenticity and a stylistic confidence that is hard to ignore.
Using the broken body of his seriously ill father as a starting point, Édouard Louis undertakes a defiant rewrite of the recent political and social history of France. Qui a tué mon père (Who killed my father) examines France’s neglect of the working class and contempt for the poor, accusing the country’s upper classes and political operators of negligent homicide, even murder.
Both a polemic against the class system and an intimate love letter, Qui a tué mon père (Who killed my father) is an indignant and impassioned piece of autobiographical theatre from one of France’s most influential young writers.
Truly great art – dramatic, political and social.
Supported by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe, Berlin.
Event additional information
Director Thomas Ostermeier Writer & Performer Édouard Louis Video Sébastien Dupouey & Marie Sanchez Stage Designer Nina Wetzel Costume Designer Caroline Tavernier Composer Sylvain Jacques Dramaturg Florian Borchmeyer & Elisa Leroy Production/Dramaturg Elisa Leroy & Anne Arnz Lighting Designer Erich Schneider