GA Arts and Literature
Fiamma explains, “I became involved in this project, because I studied at Jacques Le coq's International Theatre School in Paris. After which my 2008/10 promotion created a Theatre Company of its own called 38cit because it comprises of all 38 members of our year, of which 18 are taking part in this particular play. It has been 2 years of hard work in the making! Creating the Company, deciding on the theme, finding and participating in theatre residencies to create our first 'draft' as it where, deciding on the style of play needed, the themes we wanted to touch upon, the points we had to emphasise and then trying to 'sell' the show by inviting as many Directors as possible to book our show. As it turns out we got selected by the Festival ‘Premiers Pas’ (First Steps) which helps first time troops to get up and running. They particularly look for big companies who have a dream (as we do) to own their own play house and to continue to create their own plays each year. The uniqueness of 38cit is that we all come from different backgrounds, nationalities and expertise, such as dance, puppetry, painting and acrobatics to name a but a few!”
With ‘Ne parlez jamais avec des inconnus’, we decided to focus on the characters so that the play can evolve in each space that we inhabit. This means that our play changes based on its surroundings, but the core themes, and the characters remain the same. As soon as the spectators arrive, they walk into our universe and we guide them around the building as the story unfolds. The message of the play is based on human cowardice in all its shapes and forms. The kind of buildings which we seek to 'occupy' are ones full of character”.
The Festival Premiers Pas runs from the 1st November to 16th December. During this time Ne parlez jamais avec des inconnus will be playing at the Théâtre du Soleil. To find out more, come and watch or to support the project visit http://fr.ulule.com/ne-parlez/
The group also has a Facebook Group: 38cit, fb 'person: Trente Huit Cit; a website: www.38cit.com although it is in French); and a twitter page: @38cit.