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La petite fille de monsieur Linh

Guy Cassiers

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Mister Linh flees his war-ravaged country in search of a better future for his granddaughter. Mister Linh doesn’t feel at home in the foreign land where he finds himself, until one day he meets mister Bark. 

Mister Bark talks mainly about his wife who died recently. Mister Linh doesn’t understand him but he listens, his little girl on his lap. They meet on the same bench in the park every day until one day everything changes...

Based on a novella by Philippe Claudel La petite fille de monsieur Linh is a moving story about a man who has to flee his country with the little he has left.

Jérôme Kircher does the show as a monologue. Because Kircher is alone on stage and performs all of the roles – the narrator, Mr Linh and Mr Bark – it gains a special flavour, atmosphere and significance. It becomes a show about the power of the imagination and of portrayal.

Kircher tells the story with all of the means available to him: dramatic action, words, images, music, sound, projections….But at the same time it is also a show about loneliness, about the longing to communicate with others – and not in the last place, with the audience. Are we in the head of the narrator? Are Mr Linh and Mr Bark voices in his head? Is telling the story his way of coping with trauma?

The production will be made in several language versions. In each language, a different local top actor will play. The French version - La petite fille de monsieur Linh (Mister Linh and His Child) - features the celebrated French film and theatre actor Jérôme Kircher.

The French version is a coproduction with Le Phénix − Valenciennes (FR), MC93 − Bobigny (FR), Espaces Malraux − Chambéry (FR), La Rose des Vents − Villeneuve d’Ascq (FR) and Espaces Pluriels − Pau (FR).

"It’s not a one-man show, it’s not a solo, it’s a Guy Cassiers production. That is to say, a kind of theatre that orchestrates the sounds, images, volumes, bodies and statements in a masterly way."

Jean-Pierre Thibaudat in Mediapart , 21 March 2018

"Jérôme Kircher, an actor who knows how to deliver an intensely intimacy, succeeds in making this delicate chemistry sparkle on stage."

Emmanuelle Bouchez in Télérama , 28 April 2018

"For that matter, this monologue that Jérôme Kircher performs splendidly has an incredible beauty that takes every bit of reserve along with it."

"Monsieur Linh and His Child by Guy Cassiers is a little gem full of tenderness and hope, and a plea for tolerance."

Céline Druart Beaufort in va-infos , 17 March 2018

"Standing alone on stage in front of a black backdrop, Jérôme Kircher by turns becomes a narrator, character or musician in order to tell the story of an old man, a survivor and exile in a ‘land with no odour’, with virtuosity."

Aïnhoa Jean-Calmettes in Mouvement , 26 March 2018

"The beauty of Guy Cassiers’ production embraces a subtlety that gives us access to this immemorial and topical exile."

Brigitte Salino in Le Monde , 4 April 2018

"In Bobigny’s MC93, the Flemish director continues his exploration of issues concerning migration by concentrating on Philippe Claudel’s novel. Alone on stage, Jérôme Kircher sensitively presents the standpoint of a migrant who is seeking a new destiny."

Vincent Bouquet in Les Echos , 4 April 2018

"Given the novelistic structure of the work, the show builds up a world of images, interventions and revelations through the eyes of Mr Linh and in direction of the spectator. The audience, thrown off balance by this perspective, open its mind for a concentration of true beauty."

Credits

director

  • Guy Cassiers

text

  • Philippe Claudel

dramaturgy

  • Erwin Jans

with

  • Jérôme Kircher

video design

  • Klaas Verpoest

sound design

  • Diederik De Cock

costume advice

  • Tim Van Steenbergen

production

  • Toneelhuis

coproduction

  • Espaces Malraux - Chambéry
  • Espaces Pluriels - Pau
  • MC93 - Maison de la Culture de Seine-Saint-Denis
  • La Rose des Vents Villeneuve-d'Ascq
  • Le Phénix, Scène nationale de Valenciennes

All data

  1. Wednesday 4 March 2020 — Les Gémeaux, Sceaux
  2. Thursday 5 March 2020 — Les Gémeaux, Sceaux
  3. Friday 6 March 2020 — Les Gémeaux, Sceaux
  4. Saturday 7 March 2020 — Les Gémeaux, Sceaux
  5. Sunday 8 March 2020 — Les Gémeaux, Sceaux
  6. Saturday 14 March 2020 — Le Channel, Calais
  7. Wednesday 1 April 2020 — Théâtre Joliette Minoterie, Marseille
  8. Thursday 2 April 2020 — Théâtre Joliette Minoterie, Marseille
  9. Friday 3 April 2020 — Théâtre Joliette Minoterie, Marseille
  10. Wednesday 29 April 2020 — Théâtre Princesse Grace, Monaco
  11. Tuesday 5 May 2020 — Théâtre-Sénart, Lieusaint
  12. Wednesday 6 May 2020 — Théâtre-Sénart, Lieusaint
  13. Thursday 7 May 2020 — Théâtre-Sénart, Lieusaint
  14. Wednesday 13 May 2020 — Théâtre de la Manufacture (Salle Poirel), Nancy
  15. Thursday 14 May 2020 — Théâtre de la Manufacture (Salle Poirel), Nancy
  16. Friday 15 May 2020 — Théâtre de la Manufacture (Salle Poirel), Nancy
  1. Thursday 15 March 2018 — 18U00 — Le Phénix, Valenciennes
  2. Friday 16 March 2018 — 18U00 — Le Phénix, Valenciennes
  3. Saturday 17 March 2018 — 18U00 — Le Phénix, Valenciennes
  4. Wednesday 21 March 2018 — 20U00 — Théâtre Charles Dullin, Chambéry
  5. Thursday 22 March 2018 — 20U00 — Théâtre Charles Dullin, Chambéry
  6. Friday 23 March 2018 — 20U00 — Théâtre Charles Dullin, Chambéry
  7. Wednesday 28 March 2018 — 20U30 — Espaces Pluriels, Pau
  8. Thursday 29 March 2018 — 20U30 — Espaces Pluriels, Pau
  9. Tuesday 3 April 2018 — 21U00 — MC93, Bobigny
  10. Wednesday 4 April 2018 — 21U00 — MC93, Bobigny
  11. Thursday 5 April 2018 — 21U00 — MC93, Bobigny
  12. Friday 6 April 2018 — 20U30 — MC93, Bobigny
  13. Saturday 7 April 2018 — 18U30 — MC93, Bobigny
  14. Tuesday 10 April 2018 — 20U00 — La Rose des Vents, Villeneuve-d'Ascq
  15. Wednesday 11 April 2018 — 20U00 — La Rose des Vents, Villeneuve-d'Ascq
  16. Thursday 12 April 2018 — 19U00 — La Rose des Vents, Villeneuve-d'Ascq
  17. Friday 13 April 2018 — 20U00 — La Rose des Vents, Villeneuve-d'Ascq
  18. Thursday 3 May 2018 — 20U30 — Théâtre de Namur, Namur
  19. Friday 4 May 2018 — 20U30 — Théâtre de Namur, Namur
  20. Saturday 5 May 2018 — 20U30 — Théâtre de Namur, Namur
  21. Friday 25 May 2018 — 20U15 — Théâtre National, Brussels
  22. Saturday 26 May 2018 — 20U15 — Théâtre National, Brussels
  23. Tuesday 29 May 2018 — 20U15 — Théâtre National, Brussels
  24. Wednesday 30 May 2018 — 19U30 — Théâtre National, Brussels
  25. Thursday 31 May 2018 — 20U15 — Théâtre National, Brussels
  26. Monday 27 August 2018 — 20U30 — Salle Montrichard, Pont-à-Mousson

Nieuws over ‘La petite fille de monsieur Linh’

Quote — 13 March 2018

"The dialogue between the countries remains sterile. We reject what we don’t know. And this is the card that draws the extreme right and populism. As I have already illustrated in De Welwillenden, there is a monster lurking in our hearts. At any moment, that monster can be drawn into a power game…. Although I don’t fear the imminent return of fascism in Europe, I deplore the reintroduction of all those borders that point to an absolute lack of political responsibility."

LM magazine
Article — 12 March 2018

Guy Cassiers on Het kleine meisje van meneer Linh

In context of the upcoming premiere of La petite fille de monsieur Linh in March, the French version of Het kleine meisje van meneer Linh, Guy Cassiers talks about a European sequel, creating more international versions of this production, in many different languages.

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